Mothercare's interim CEO named permanent boss

LONDON, July 10 Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:19am EDT

LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - Struggling British baby products retailer Mothercare, fighting off a takeover bid from U.S. group Destination Maternity, named its interim chief executive as its permanent CEO on Thursday.

Mark Newton-Jones, who led online retailer Shop Direct for almost a decade, took over as interim boss in March, replacing Simon Calver who quit in February after a profit warning showed his plans to revive the group were faltering.

Newton-Jones will take up his place on the Mothercare board on 17 July.

"I am very much looking forward to leading the Mothercare group at such an important time in its development," he said.

"We now need to put in place the building blocks to strengthen the UK performance and I believe there is then a tremendous opportunity to take this business forward."

Destination Maternity has had two bid proposals for the British group rejected. (Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by James Davey)