Darcy Willson-Rymer, the former managing director of Starbucks UK, has been named as the new chief executive of convenience store chain Costcutter. Willson-Rymer, who recently left Clinton Cards, eight months after joining the company, which was recently placed into administration. replaces Nick Ivel who is leaving after 14 years with the York-based group. Willson-Rymer, who had been managing director of Starbucks UK & Ireland since August 2008, was the first chief executive of Clintons that had come from outside the Lewin family, which founded the chain in 1968. Under his leadership, Starbucks UK posted its eight quarters of unbroken like-for-like sales growth, refurbished many of its shops and increased its market share of the coffee market. He was replaced as Starbucks UK managing director by Kris Engskov, who was previously regional vice president of its US Pacific Northwest region. Sir Michael Bibby, managing director of Bibby Line Group, owner of Costcutter, said: “I am delighted to welcome Darcy Willson-Rymer as the new chief executive of Costcutter Supermarkets Group. "Darcy has an excellent track record within the retail sector and his appointment heralds a new era for Costcutter Supermarkets Group and all of its retailers. "I have every confidence that he and the highly skilled board of directors will build upon previous success and drive the business forward.” Willson-Rymer said: “Costcutter is one of the biggest brands in convenience retailing, supporting independent retailers throughout the UK and giving them the tools they need to grow their businesses. With the new format Kwiksave brand performing ahead of target and the roll out of the premium my Costcutter brand gathering pace, it truly is an exciting time to be joining the business. “I am very much looking forward to meeting retailers across the UK in order to help them develop their exceptional convenience stores. The continued development and expansion of our company owned store portfolio is also a key objective and I look forward to working with the team to progress this.”