Dr Martens raises a glass to new finance boss

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Northants boot and shoe maker Dr Martens has appointed a new finance boss.

Giles Wilson

Giles Wilson has been hired as the iconic firm’s chief financial officer. He joins from spirits company William Grant & Sons, which owns Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky, The Balvenie Whisky and Hendrick’s Gin. He qualified at PwC.

Paul Mason, chair, said: “Following a rigorous selection process, we are delighted to appoint Giles as CFO. He is a very capable finance leader with extensive experience in a number of sectors and, most recently, his time in the branded spirits industry has given him a good grounding in global brands and wholesale distribution management. His knowledge of the public markets will be a valuable asset to the team as Dr Martens continues its growth in the listed environment. I look forward to him joining the board.”

Kenny Wilson, CEO, said: “I am thrilled that Giles will be joining the leadership team and the board. He brings a range of complementary skills and past experience that is highly relevant to our brand-first strategy. I am looking forward to working with him on the next phase of Dr Martens’ journey to become a £2billion revenue footwear brand.”

Wilson added: “Dr Martens is an iconic brand I have long admired, and I have been impressed by the passion and ambition within the business. I am excited to be joining at such an important stage in the company’s growth and I am looking forward to working with Kenny and the team to drive the strategy forward.”

Jon Mortimore, who is retiring from the company, has agreed to stay with the business until the end of the financial year.