Fashion retailer Monsoon has appointed the chairman of one of its suppliers as an independent non-executive director of the company.

Vinod Dhawan is chairman of VK International, one of Monsoon's clothing suppliers, but Monsoon says it considers him to be independent as VK represents just 0.8% of Monsoon's total supplies and Monsoon represents just 5.6% of VK's total sales.

Dhawan is also vice chairman of India's Apparel Export Promotion Council which - among its other functions - oversees the ethical trading practices of garment manufacturers in the country.

Monsoon chairman Peter Simon said: "Vinod's company is a supplier to many international retail groups and he brings to us a broad perspective of the global fashion industry.

"Monsoon is an increasingly international business with a presence in 39 countries, and Vinod will bring an additional level of insight and experience into boardroom discussions."