Johnson is to exchange John Mills, who introduced previous thirty day period that he would be stepping down from the board.

Johnson is currently non-government director at DFS and Russian retail huge Lenta. He was chairman at furnishings retailer Goals right up until 2012 and will sign up for Matalan on one July.

Meanwhile, James Brown will be stepping into the brand new function of chief professional officer. He will sign up for Matalan on 18 August from Sainsbury’s, exactly where he has been professional director of standard merchandising and apparel considering the fact that 2011. 

Matalan chief government Jason Hargreaves said: “John [Mills] has productively led the board by way of the Covid-19 disaster, navigating numerous and unparalleled issues while the corporation has continued to trade and adapt to new ways of functioning. 

“I would like to individually thank John for all his assistance. In excess of the previous fourteen many years with Matalan his commitment and loyalty has been outstanding alongside with his assistance on numerous degrees. Steve [Johnson] brings strong leadership and a appropriate ability-set from his ordeals of government and non-government positions.

“This includes approach, transformation and the subsequent expansion of numerous Uk and worldwide merchants these kinds of as Goals, Emphasis Do-it-yourself, at this time non exec director of DFS and Lenta, one particular of Russia’s biggest retail chains.”