Dr Martens has hired former Asda and Matalan boss Paul Mason as its non-executive chairman to replace David Suddens.

Paul Mason has joined Dr Martens as chairman

Suddens is stepping down to “pursue other opportunities” after 13 years at the company, having joined as chief executive in 2002 to turn around the business.

Mason is currently chairman of Cath Kidston and Mayborn and was also non-executive chairman of New Look before stepping down in June as South African investment group Brait acquired the fashion retailer.

He was previously chief executive at Asda, Somerfield and Matalan and was also president of EMEA at Levi Strauss.

Dr Martens chief executive Steve Murray said: “David joined at a time when the company was severely financially challenged and needed to make many radical changes to its operating model in order to survive.

“Over the next 12 years, David was the driving force behind the turnaround of the business, leading to its stabilisation, growth and eventual sale to the Permira funds in 2014.”

Murray added that Mason’s insights and experience “will be invaluable to Dr Martens as we continue to grow our business globally”.