By Jonathan Davies

British Gas' 11-month search for a new boss has come to an end.

Centrica, which owns the energy giant, has named Mark Hodges as managing director.

Mr Hodges joins from specialist insurance broker Towergate.

The appointment comes after his predecessor Chris Weston announced in May 2014 that he was leaving to join Aggreko.

Mr Hodges spent 11 years as a senior executive at Aviva before joing Towergate as chief executive in 2011.

He will start work in June and join the Centrica board.