The holding company of the group that manufactures, markets and distributes Dr Martens apparel, footwear and accessories, the R Griggs Group Ltd, has named Cliff Morton as its new chairman.

Mr Morton, who replaces retiring chairman Stephen Griggs who now will become vice-chairman of the group, has over 30 years experience in banking and served in US President Gerald Ford's administration as deputy administrator of the US small business administration.

Welcoming Mr Morton to the board as chairman, Mr Griggs said: "Cliff knows the company well and has already made significant contributions in finance and planning.

"The shareholders are very pleased with his appointment and his duties will include representing their interests in formulating strategies designed to return the company to its former strength, resiliency, liquidity and profitability and overseeing company management."