The former boss of Marks & Spencer is being linked to a move to British Airways owner International Airlines Group.

Marc Bolland, who left the high street retailer last month, is being tipped to be named as a non-executive director of the airline group that also controls Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling.

An announcement about his appointment could be made as soon as this Friday when IAG releases its first-quarter results, Sky News reported.

If confirmed, Bolland will be taking on a role which will place him in the frame as a potential long-term successor to IAG’s chairman, Antonio Vazquez.

He will join well-known corporate names on the airline group’s board, including Baroness Kingsmill, the former deputy chairman of the Competition Commission, and Patrick Cescau, chairman of InterContinental Hotels Group.

Bolland, a former Heineken executive, overhauled the image of supermarket chain Morrison’s before being poached by M&S in 2009, and is also a board member of the Coca-Cola Company.