The former CEO of clothing firm William Baird, David Suddens, has been named managing director of R Griggs which owns the famous Dr Martens footwear brand.

Suddens has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK and European textile and apparel industry and will help oversee a strategic review of the troubled firm’s global operations. He replaces Frank Duffy who quit in March.

Last month, Dr Martens said it will close one of its three remaining UK factories with the loss of 100 jobs and is mulling the move of some of its shoe production overseas in a bid to cut costs.

More than 80 per cent of Dr Martens’ production is exported, with the US being its biggest customer.