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Hot Tuna appoints Ball as non-exec director

Surfwear brand Hot Tuna has appointed former Littlewoods group business development director Francis Ball as non-executive director.

Ball has previously held roles including managing director of Costco Wholesale UK, chairman of trade body the Federation of Wholesale Distributors and was at Marks & Spencer for 13 years in various merchandising and distribution management roles in mens and womens clothing. He is also chairman of technology firm The Hub Company and fesign and marketing agency Monitor Marketing.

Ball’s role will be to drive the e-commerce side of the business and Hot Tuna is looking to launch its first transactional e-commerce website this summer. Chief executive officer Geoff O’Connell said Ball “brings a wealth of retail and general management experience and will be instrumental in helping us grow and develop the business”.

He added: “The board continues to consider how best to support the planned development of Hot Tuna and the appointment of Francis will assist with this. 

“As noted in our final results announced in December, we are in discussions with several distributors both in existing as well as new territories for Hot Tuna which should further streamline the business as well as open up new sales opportunities for the company. 

“We are pleased with the reaction we have had from these distributors on the new collection and anticipate we will see the benefit of these discussions in the second half of the financial year. This gives the board confidence that trading for the current financial year will be in line with their expectations.”

In December Hot Tuna announced it had narrowed its pre-tax losses to £1.3m from £3.7m for the year to June 30.

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