David Jones appoints new chairman

David Jones has appointed Gordon Cairns as chairman, replacing Peter Mason who flagged his intention to resign last month.

In a statement, the retailer highlighted Mr Cairns' experience as the chairman of Origin Energy and a former director of Westpac Banking Corporation.

David Jones thanked Mr Mason for his service after 15 months in the job.

Chief executive officer Paul Zahra previously announced his intention to resign, but last month left the door open to stay at the retailer.