Dr. Martens plc names Ije Nwokorie as new CEO, as Kenny Wilson to step down

LONDON, UK: Dr. Martens plc announced that Kenny Wilson has decided that this will be his final year as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company. As part of an orderly succession plan, and following a thorough search process, the Board is delighted to announce that Ije Nwokorie, currently Chief Brand Officer (CBO), will succeed Kenny as CEO.

Kenny and Ije will work together to ensure a smooth handover, with Ije becoming CEO before the end of the current financial year. Ije will remain as CBO in the meantime, with his focus being on the brand and driving demand ahead of the important AW24 season.

Paul Mason, Chair, said “Kenny’s contribution to Dr. Martens has been immense. He has spear-headed a brand-first DTC-driven strategy, achieving significant growth, with pairs more than doubling during his tenure. With his focus on product, brand and custodianship he has instilled a strong culture through the organisation. I am grateful that he will ensure an orderly transition to Ije over the coming year, alongside our incoming CFO Giles Wilson.”

Lynne Weedall, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Nomination Committee, said “Ije is an inspirational leader and his experience in helping drive DTC-led growth at Apple will be highly relevant in the coming years. He knows the Company well, having been a Non-Executive Director for three years and we are already benefiting from his brand expertise since he joined as CBO in February. We are delighted that he will be the next CEO.”

Kenny Wilson, CEO, said, “Dr. Martens is an incredible brand powered by our fantastic people. After six years in the role, I feel that the time is right to hand over this year, and I am excited that Ije will be my successor. I have enjoyed working with Ije, both as a Board member and in the executive leadership team in recent months, and I have seen his brand knowledge and passion first-hand. I look forward to working with him closely in the year ahead.”

Ije Nwokorie, CBO, said, “I am thrilled that I will be the next CEO of Dr. Martens. We have a phenomenal brand, an excellent product range and a passionate culture. I am looking forward to working with Kenny through this transition year.”

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