Umbro has brought forward by a month its appointment of Gary Brown, who became the company's CFO yesterday (8 October).

Brown has over ten years' experience of the retail sector and 17 years working in the finance function. Most recently he has spent the last four years as finance director at Instore Plc, which operates a countrywide network of retail outlets, under the instore and the Poundstretcher brands.

He was originally expected to take up the post in November.
 
In separate news, Umbro has announced that Sports Direct International has 14.05% of the voting rights of the company, which is thought to have risen from 13.14%.