AIM-listed Universe Group, a developer and supplier of retail management solutions, payment and loyalty systems, has appointed Carmel Warren as interim Chief Financial Officer .

Daryl Paton, who joined the firm as CFO in August 2017, will remain with the firm until the start of November to ensure a smooth handover.

Warren joins with immediate effect for initial period of six months, and will not join the Group’s board of directors. 

Warren is an experienced public company finance director, having most recently acted as CFO of D4t4 Solutions plc, the AIM quoted data analytics business, and prior to that was CFO of Celebrus Technologies Ltd, a customer intelligence software company.

She previously spent eleven years with ExxonMobil and qualified as an accountant with EY. 

The firm said the process to appoint a permanent Chief Financial Officer is continuing and a further update will be provided in due course. 

The Southampton-based firm designs, builds, installs and supports systems in 5,700 retail sites, processing over 6 billion transactions each year through its data centres.

Its clients include Shell, Spar and Costcutter. ​Its HTEC trading arm is a provider of point of sale, payment and loyalty solutions in the retail and forecourt markets.