Clothing retailer Hallenstein Glasson has announced the appointment of Stephen Timms as the company's new group CEO.

Timms joins the company from Ascendia Retail (Rebel Sport and Amart Allsports) in Australia, where he was group COO.

Prior to that, he has held a number of senior positions in Australia and the US, including a 13-year career with DFS.

Hallenstein Glasson chairman of directors Warren Bell said the appointment was the result of an "extensive" executive search.

"We are very pleased to have secured the services of such an experienced retailer," he added.

"Stephen has a great depth of knowledge of the retail industry and comes to us with a very successful track record."

Timms will join the company for a transitional period prior to the departure of acting CEO Roy Dillon on 31 March.