Global information company The NPD Group has appointed Matt Powell as vice president of industry analysis for its sports and leisure trends business.

With over 40 years of experience in the retail and research industries, Powell was most recently an analyst at SportsOneSource. He has also worked with various retailers, including Modell's Sporting Goods, Sneaker Stadium, and MVP.com.

Dennis Brown, group president of the Americas practices said Powell's analytical, strategic, and marketplace expertise is "invaluable to NPD as we continue to expand our reach within the sports and recreation industries".

The move comes a year after The NPD Group acquired Leisure Trends, a market research company for the sports and recreation industries.