James Lousada has left Matthew Clark & Bibendum following its buyout by C&C Group, MCA’s sister title, the Grocer, has revealed.

Lousada was commercial director of the drinks wholesaler, which was bought by C&C last month after previous owner Conviviality went into administration.

He had recently been promoted from MD of Conviviality Trading when the business merged its selling and marketing divisions in January.

Prior to joining Conviviality in 2016, Lousada was chief executive of Carlsberg UK and, before that, general manager for Europe at Accolade Wines.

Meanwhile, Michael Saunders, the former head of Bibendum, has returned as chief executive for that arm of the business.