KMD Brands has made interim arrangements following the planned exit of Group CFO Chris Kinraid on December 8, 2023.
Deputy CFO Ben Washington will provide interim cover for financial and investor aspects of the group CFO role, while chief commercial officer Lachlan Farran will absorb the remaining operational responsibilities on an interim basis.
Both interim arrangements will take effect from December 8 until a permanent group CFO appointment is appointed.
KMD Brands is the parent company to Kathmandu, Rip Curl and Oboz Footwear.
Kinraid’s exit was announced by KMD Brands on July 7. On LinkedIn that day, he shared that he accepted the role of CEO at New Zealand business Hallenstein Glassons Holdings.
Kinraid has been part of KMD Brands for the past nine years and held the CFO rule from mid-2019.
“The past nine years with KMD Brands has been amazing,” Kinraid said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a great team that’s transformed the business into the group of global brands it is today.
“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, and I leave the Group in a strong position to take advantage of the many global growth opportunities. I look forward to seeing the momentum continue.
Via the same LinkedIn post, Kinraid was reflective of his time at KMD Brands, thanking CEO and managing director Michael Daly and chairman David Kirk, along with other fellow colleagues Reuben Casey, Xavier Simonet, Mark Todd, John Harvey, Ben Washington and Brad Seaman.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a great team that’s transformed the business into the group of global brands it is today and I look forward to contributing as much as possible before I move to my new role.”