• British footwear brand Dr Martens has tapped Cath Kidston CEO Kenny Wilson.
  • Wilson, who has led Cath Kidston since 2011, succeeds Steve Murray as CEO who stepped down in October of last year. 

Kenny Wilson, CEO of global lifestyle retailer Cath Kidston, is to leave the company in order to lead British footwear brand Dr Martens.

Wilson, who has served as CEO of the UK-based brand since 2011, replaces Steve Murray who stepped down in October of last year. The business has been operating under chairman Paul Mason who took on the role of interim-CEO following Murray's departure.

"We are delighted to announce that following an extensive recruitment process we have appointed Kenny Wilson as our new CEO," Mason said. "Kenny brings with him a wealth of experience of working for high profile, well-known, international brands and will be a fantastic leader for our already strong management team. I know that he will make a significant contribution to this great business and we are very excited to welcome him to the company.

"As we enter the next phase of Dr. Martens' history, we are well-placed to deliver on our strategic priorities and continue to achieve sustainable, global growth and Kenny is the right person to lead our business through this."

Currently trading in 63 countries worldwide, Dr. Martens has operations in the Americas, EMEA and Asia with 95 owned-stores globally and 56 concessions in South Korea.

While Cath Kidston is not able to provide any guidance on when Wilson will depart, and indeed when his successor will be named, the company says it is preparing an announcement.

"We are excited that we have found a very talented candidate who is perfect for the needs of Cath Kidston. We will be announcing this soon," a spokesperson told just-style.