Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has named Alexandre Nodale as Chief Executive at Conforama, its French based pan-European furniture and electricals chain.

Mr Nodale — deputy CEO since being promoted from Chief Finance Officer in 2012 — replaces Thierry Guibert on 1st January 2015.

Mr Guibert is leaving the retailer to pursue an executive post outside the Steinhoff group, the South Africa headquartered company said, though he will remain on the board in a non-executive capacity.

Steinhoff paid around €1.2bn for the circa 250-store Conforama chain in 2011.