International surf and ski wear company Rip Curl Group has appointed David Lawn as chief executive officer for Australia and New Zealand.

He takes over from Rip Curl co-founder Brian Singer, who will continue as group CEO until the end of the year, the company said in a statement today.

Most recently, Mr Lawn was Myer Grace Bros general manager for marketing and brand development. He has also held senior executive roles with Jeans West and Country Road.

Mr Singer and co-founder Doug Warbrick will continue to be closely involved both as directors and executives of the group.