While waiting for the appointment of a new chief executive to take the place of David Cotter, Berghaus has announced that David Kennedy, its long-time finance director, will retire in March next year after 20 years with company. John Carver has joined the U.K.-based outdoor brand, which is part of Pentland Brands, as interim finance director. Carver, who has previously worked in senior finance positions for Procter & Gamble and Associated British Foods, will be working with Kennedy in the months leading up to his retirement. The 62-year-old Kennedy, began his association with Berghaus in 1991 after being retained as a financial consultant before taking up his present role three years later. Kennedy has played a key part in the development of the Berghaus business and has frequently been called upon to act as a “safe pair of hands.” His time has included a one-year stint as vice president of Berghaus Japan up to last March. He acted twice as managing director of Brasher Boots, another subsidiary of Pentland.