Footasylum has appointed Barry Bown as its new chairman. He replaces John Wardle, who will retire. Wardle joined the footwear and streetwear fashion retailer in 2008 as its chief executive, moving to executive chairman in 2015. Bown has been working with Footasylum in a consulting role since March. Prior to Footasylum, he worked for more than 30 years at JD Sports, where he served as chief executive from 2000 to 2014.