UK luxury fashion company Mulberry Group has appointed Steven Newey to the newly-created role of group commercial director.

Newy most recently served as general manager for Europe and the Middle-East at Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton LVMH-owned brand Berluti. He has also held positions at Loro Piana, Alfred Dunhill, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Mulberry, meanwhile, declined to comment on reports its supply chain director, Ian Scott, is to leave the business.

At the beginning of this year, Mulberry issued a profit warning on tough UK trading at Christmas and order cancellations in South Korea.

The group's total retail sales were down 3% in the 17 weeks to 25 January, and down 7% for the last eight weeks of that period.