Dr. Martens plc has announced the appointment of Giles Wilson as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), set to take up his role in 2024.
Giles Wilson, an accomplished CFO, transitions to Dr. Martens from William Grant & Sons Limited, a leading global spirits company with prestigious brands like Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky, The Balvenie Whisky, and Hendrick’s Gin under its belt. His extensive experience in finance and leadership roles includes his tenure as CFO and then CEO at John Menzies plc. A chartered accountant, Giles’ career also includes significant roles at PwC and Commercial Estates Group.
Paul Mason, Chair of Dr. Martens, expressed confidence in Giles’ appointment: “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.”
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Kenny Wilson, CEO of Dr. Martens, also shared his enthusiasm: “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 £2 billion revenue footwear brand.”
Giles Wilson himself expressed his admiration for Dr. Martens and eagerness to contribute: “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, the retiring CFO of Dr. Martens, has agreed to continue his service until the end of the financial year, ensuring a smooth transition.