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JD appoints Pentland chairman as non-exec

JD Sports Fashion has appointed Pentland Brands chairman Andy Rubin to its board as a non-executive director to support the retailer’s international expansion.

JD Sports' new flagship store on Oxford Street

Rubin is also a director of Pentland Brands’ parent company Pentland Group, which has a 57.5% stake in JD Sports Fashion.

Pentland owns brands such as Speedo, Berghaus, Mitre and Boxfresh. It holds the global licence for footwear for Lacoste and Ted Baker, and the UK licence for Kickers.

JD said Rubin’s experience of brand development outside of Europe would be “of considerable use” in supporting its global expansion.

The sportswear group is moving closer to its goal of opening stores outside of Europe for the first time, chief financial officer Brian Small told Drapers in January. The Far East and US are key target markets. 

Rubin told Drapers: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the JD board as a non-executive director and pleased that they feel my international brand management experience will add value to what they are already doing in this area.

“[Pentland] remain extremely supportive of the business, [JD Sports’ executive chairman] Peter Cowgill and his management team, and their strategic direction.”

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