Marchpole, the Yves St Laurent menswear licensee, yesterday appointed John Gilliatt its new non-executive chairman, the Financial Times reported. The company, which also reported interim results, said Mr Gilliatt, formerly chief executive of Claremont Garments, was recommended by Seymour Pierce, its new stockbroker. Mr Gilliatt is also a non-executive of Zoa Corporation and held a number of senior appointments at United Biscuits, including managing director of McVitie's and Ross Young's.