Kenneth Landis has joined leather company Ghurka as chief executive officer (CEO), and has acquired an equity interest in the company.

Landis will be based in New York and will be in charge of day-to-day operations and strategic direction.

Abe Chehebar, previously CEO of the company, will remain as chairman.

Chehebar said: "Since acquiring Ghurka last year, I realised the opportunities are much greater than we had anticipated with this icon brand.

"Having someone with Ken's experience and involvement will help us realise these opportunities at a much quicker pace."

Landis has held senior management positions in the luxury goods sector for more than 20 years, including the position of CEO of Benetton Cosmetics.

Ghurka currently has stores in New York and San Francisco, and is opening an outlet in Chicago in August.