UK retailer New Look has announced the appointment of John Gildersleeve as its non-executive chairman, with Phil Wrigley stepping down at the end of the year after nine years with the company.

Gildersleeve will be taking over in January. He has held senior roles and board positions in leading international blue-chip companies spanning a wide variety of sectors including retail, property, telecoms and media, a statement said.

Gildersleeve is currently non-executive chairman at Carphone Warehouse and on the board of British Land. He has previously held board positions at Tesco, Gallaher Group and Vodafone.

Carl McPhail, chief executive, said: "The board and I are delighted to welcome John as non-executive chairman of New Look. John has extensive experience as a board director of international businesses, and we are very excited that he is joining our team.

"This announcement marks part of a planned transition in the next phase of New Look's development. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Phil for his significant and valued contribution over the past nine years. Phil will remain a close friend of New Look and we wish him every success in the future."