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Pentland Brands restructures executive team

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Pentland Brands, which owns and operates licenses for brands including Speedo, Berghaus and Canterbury of New Zealand, has announced an executive team restructure to help drive international growth.

Matt Rock, currently global supply chain director, has been appointed president of Asia Pacific. He will retain his supply chain responsibilities.

Carl Davies, currently global customer director, has been appointed president of UK, EMEA and Americas.

The apparel and footwear group said the new structure is designed to give brand directors a more direct role in leading brand growth, with the Speedo, Mitre and Canterbury brands reporting to Carl Davies and the Berghaus brand reporting to chief operating officer, Chirag Patel.

As part of the restructure, it is also removing the role of global president, Active Division, currently held by Chris Stephenson. In addition, it is also removing the role of global group marketing director, currently held by Sean Hastings.

Andy Long, Pentland Brands CEO, said: “This leadership change is an acknowledgement that we have made significant progress in transforming Pentland Brands to deliver our potential. We are now a simpler, more focused business and evolving our leadership will allow clearer accountability for brands and markets that will help us grow.”

Long added: “Chris and Sean have both contributed hugely to us reaching this point - Chris through his outstanding leadership of the Active Division transformation, which means we’re now set up to realise the potential of our active brands; and Sean by creating focus and ensuring we put the consumer at the heart of what we do, professionalising how we work as a brand-building organisation to drive future growth.”

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