British footwear brand Dr Martens has named former Asda and Matalan boss Paul Mason as its non-executive chairman to replace David Suddens, who has stepped down to “pursue other opportunities”.
Mason is also currently chairman of Cath Kidston and Mayborn Group, and was until recently the non-executive chairman of New Look but he stepped down in June as South African investment group Brait completed its acquisition of the retailer. As well as being chief executive at Asda and Matalan, he was also EMEA president of Levi Strauss.
“I would like to thank David for his huge contribution to Dr Martens and wish him all the best as he now embarks upon new challenges elsewhere,” said Dr Martens chief executive Steve Murray. “Paul joins us at a very exciting time for the company. I am sure his insights and vast retail experience will be invaluable to Dr Martens as we continue to grow our business globally.”
Commenting on his departure, Suddens said: “I am sorry to be leaving Dr Martens, a business and ‘family’ that has meant so much to me over the last 13 years. But with a new, executive role elsewhere, I will not be able to do justice to my chairman responsibilities.
“I believe that with Steve and Paul now at the helm, Dr Martens will continue to grow and prosper.”
Suddens new role has not yet been announced.
Mason added: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the UK’s most iconic brands during what is an exciting new phase for the business. I look forward to working closely with Steve and his team to help drive further growth both in the UK and internationally.”