Premier Foods has appointed the chief executive of Pizza Express as a non-executive director in the company.

Richard Hodgson, who has been at the helm of Pizza Express since 2013, has also had experience at Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons.

David Beever, chairman of Premier Foods, said: “I’m thrilled that Richard will be joining the Premier Foods board. His extensive experience of modern food retailing will be invaluable in helping the company to navigate today’s rapidly changing marketplace. We very much look forward to his contribution and welcome him to the board.”

Hodgson said: “Premier Foods has some of the best food brands around, with many growth opportunities. I’m very excited by the prospect of helping the company continue its turnaround and I look forward to working with the board to deliver its vision and strategy.”

This comes after the company was criticised over controversial supplier payments in December.