Footwear and clothing brand Ariat International Inc has announced that Phil Duff, has resigned as managing director of Ariat Europe.

Phil created the SMD group in 1987 and managed its development in the UK for 13 years. In 2010 Ariat bought the company and Phil was retained as managing director of Ariat’s European subsidiary.

“Phil has made many important contributions to the Ariat business over his 17 years with the brand” said chief executive of Ariat Beth Cross.

“Phil has been a valued partner to me throughout the years; I am grateful to him for his guidance, his widely respected market knowledge, his infectious enthusiasm, the customers he has introduced to the business, the strong team he has built and of course his passion for Ariat.

“His contribution will be greatly missed by all in our company.”

Phil added: “I remain committed to the continued growth and success of the Ariat brand and I feel fortunate to have worked with such a talented team here in Europe.”