UK clothing retailer Monsoon has appointed Matt Hudson as the managing director of the Monsoon division of Monsoon Accessorize.

He joins the company from Marks & Spencer where he has spent his entire career, most recently as M&S' trading director for its women's wear, lingerie and girl's wear.

Monsoon, which was recently privatised, is seeking to recruit a managing director for its Accessorize brand.

The new appointment "will consolidate the management structure and emphasise the direction and separate identity of our two very strong brands," Monsoon founder Peter Simon said.

The managing directors of Monsoon and Accessorize, along with the chief commercial officer, Steve Back, will form the executive team that will lead the two divisions through their next stage of development.