Sportswear retailer John David Group has announced the departure of fashion division managing director Richard Percival after just six months with the business.

Percival, a former Reebok staffer, is the second high profile employee to leave London-based John David in a month following the departure of footwear director Neal Corrie.

"It's a disappointment," executive chairman Roger Best said of the situation.

"Before he joined the company, Percival was looking at a few opportunities to start a business and he's decided to pursue one of those.

"We've made good progress with developing different areas of the business this year, but we won't go into a tailspin just because he has left."

Around the time of Percival's arrival at John David, the company split into separate sports and fashion divisions, comprising JD Sports and Size? respectively.