Helmond (17 September 2015), Dutch fashion and design company Vlisco Group has appointed David Suddens, chairman of the Advisory Board of Vlisco Group, as CEO. The opinion of the Workers Council is positive. Most recently David was CEO of the Dr Martens footwear and clothing brand, leading the successful turnaround of that business. David Suddens has started in his new role as of 15 September 2015.
The Vlisco Group is pleased to have the benefit of David's experience and management skills which are ideally suited to Vlisco at this stage of the Group's growth. David Suddens: 'This company has a remarkable heritage. Through its designs it has been inspiring West African self-expression for most of its history. I am really honored to play a role in the future success of the Vlisco Group.'
David Suddens spent 30 years in Europe's textile and clothing industry. He was CEO of companies in the UK, France and Germany, both public and private. One of his roles was as CEO of DMC (France), which was the world's largest textile printer, also with interests in West Africa. The turnaround of the iconic brand Dr. Martens has been recognized around the world as a significant achievement.
More information about Vlisco Group:
The Vlisco Group designs, produces and distributes fashion fabrics for the West and Central African market and African consumers in global metropolitan cities. Founded in Helmond, The Netherlands, in 1846, the Vlisco Group and their fabrics have grown into an essential part of African culture, receiving widespread attention from the art, design and fashion worlds. Vlisco Group's brand portfolio consists of 4 brands: Vlisco, Woodin, Uniwax and GTP. The company's head office is located in Helmond as well as the design- and production facilities for the Vlisco brand. For the other brands these facilities are based in Ghana and Ivory Coast. The Vlisco Group has 8 sales offices in numerous African countries and around 2,700 employees, (900 in The Netherlands and 1800 in Africa) . For more information visit www.vlisco.com.
More information about David Suddens:
David spent the first 28 years of his career in Europe's textile and clothing industry; after a decade with Courtaulds, he became successively the CEO of the John Crowther Group (where he led a Management Buy-out), DMC (France) and William Baird Plc. He then became a Turnaround Director and is still a member of the Institute for Turnaround.
David joined Dr Martens in 2002 when it was three months from bankruptcy, having lost £120 million in three years on sales that fell from £220 million to £130 million. David turned around Dr Martens and re-established growth. Along the way, David was awarded Turnaround of the Year in 2005 (Institute for Turnaround), won a national Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 (Ernst and Young) and was CEO of the Year (Private Business Awards) in 2012.