Sportswear and promotional products company Next has named Rick Talbert as vice president of planning and development.

Talbert joins Next after ten years with Honeywell International working as a critical projects manager.

In his new role, Talbert will take over responsibility for analysing needs, purchasing, and learning the general facets of Next, with a focus on maximising operational efficiencies, overall business potential and increasing bottom line profitability.

Investor relations director Jason Assad said: "Rick's skill sets are perfectly suited to fill a vital roll within Next as we aggressively focus on making sure our strong revenue growth translates into bottom line profits."