The boss of Lidl's UK business Ronny Gottschlich has suddenly left the business, after running the company for the past six years.
Gottschlich stepped down from the role on Thursday and has been replaced by the sales and operations director of the supermarket group’s Austrian business, Christian Härtnagel, who has been with Lidl for 13 years.
Gottschlich helped to elevate the Lidl brand in the UK and introduced more premium products to woo consumers. The chain's rapid rise in the country overseen by Gottschlich saw it expand to more than 630 stores.
In a statement Lidl said: "The business is extremely grateful for Ronny's contribution throughout his six years as Lidl GB CEO during which time he steered the business forward through a transformative period."