Naked Wines Plc (LON:WINE) said Darryl Rawlings has joined the board as an independent non-executive director in preparation for taking over as chairman.

As previously announced, the current chairman, Ian Harding, will retire this summer after eight-year on the Naked Wines board.

Rawlings is the founder and chief executive officer of Trupanion Inc, a directly-to-consumer (DtC) monthly subscription business that provides medical insurance for cats and dogs throughout the United States and Canada.

“We have conducted an extensive search process and I am delighted that Darryl has agreed to join Naked Wines at such an important moment in our growth journey. The group has evolved beyond all recognition over the last five years – from a UK-orientated store-based retailer, into a fast-growing and agile DtC subscription business with an entrepreneurial culture and strong focus on its huge US growth opportunity. Darryl’s appointment adds valuable skills and experience, and a further US focus to the team,” Harding said.

 

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