Robert Pitt has been named group chief executive officer of Independent News & Media and will take up his role in the autumn.

Mr Pitt has been chief operations officer of Tesco Czech Republic for the past two years, having also worked at Lidl in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ireland; and at Shibo in Beijing. 

He takes over from Vincent Crowley, who stepped down as the company's CEO in May.

INM chairman Leslie Buckley said the news publishing sector faces many challenges and Mr Pitt is “well equipped to lead INM into the future”.