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Pentland Brands Promote Execs

Pentland Brands will start 2015 with new leadership. The global brand and retail management group announced that Andy Rubin fill the added role of chairman of its brand management division, Pentland Brands. Current Pentland Brands COO Andy Long will succeed Rubin as CEO, and will both assume their news roles on January 1, 2015.

Rubin’s career with Pentland Brands spans 23 years, with 16 of them as CEO. Long joined the company nine years ago and became co-president of Speedo in 2006.

Pentland Group chairman Stephen Rubin said, “Both Andy’s are leading a successful brand building organization which will produce record sales and profits in 2014 and has won various awards recognizing the team’s achievements. We wish them continued success in their new roles and look forward to many more years of global brand building.”

In 2014 Pentland Brands has been awarded the Best Overall People Management and Best Employee Engagement in the United Kingdom by the Chartered Institite of Personnel and Development. The company has also ranked 8th as the best large place to work in the UK and 18th in Europe by “Great Place to Work”. Pentland Brands was also a key contributor to Pentland Group winning its fifth Queen’s Award this year for International Trade.

Pentland Brands owns Berghaus, Canterbury, Speedo, Brasher, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. It is also the global licensee for Lacoste and Ted Baker footwear, and Kickers in the UK.