Philips will join Morrisons from Canadian food distributor Loblaw Companies Limited,, where he has been chief operating officer since January 2007.
He is a former chief executive of Irish department store group, Brown Thomas, and a former chief operating officer for Walmart Germany.
Sir Ian Gibson, Morrisons chairman, says: “I am delighted that Dalton will be joining Morrisons as Chief Executive. He has a tremendous retail pedigree and a wealth of experience from senior retail positions around the world. I look forward to welcoming him to the great team at Morrisons.”
Philips adds: “I am really pleased to be joining Morrisons. It’s an incredibly exciting business with a terrific history and I’m really looking forward to meeting the team and to the challenge ahead.”