The finance director of clothing and equipment firm Berghaus has announced plans to retire after 20 years at the Sunderland-based business.
David Kennedy will leave the company in March next year, when he reaches the age of 63.
Kennedy’s association with Berghaus started in 1991 as a consultant tasked with introducing new stock recording and IT systems.
In May 1994, he took on the full-time role of finance director and has been with the company ever since, playing an important role in many key stages of the brand’s development.
Kennedy has also made significant contributions to fellow Pentland brand, brasher, managing the company’s move from its previous base in Lancashire to the same building as Berghaus and twice taking on the role of acting managing director
He said: “I have truly enjoyed my time with Berghaus and brasher. The last 20 years have flown by as there have always been new opportunities to take, or challenges to meet, and it’s never dull.”
John Carver, who has worked for major UK and multinationial companies, has joined Berghaus as interim finance director and is working with Kennedy in the months leading up to his retirement.