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Buying director and womenswear design chief join Asos departures

Asos’s buying director Caren Downie and womenswear design director Sarah Wilkinson are the latest senior figures to step down from the etail fashion giant.

Both Downie and Wilkinson have resigned from the retailer and will leave by the middle of November. A spokeswoman for Asos said it had yet to announce whether either will be replaced.

The departure of Downie, who joined Asos from Topshop in 2008, comes weeks after her role was chan

ged to shift focus on to special collections and projects. Her commercial responsibilities were handed to trading director Maria Hollins and womenswear buying director Emma Fox. At the same time, product director Robert Bready also stepped back from his day-to-day work. He has also since resigned from Asos, where he has been for seven years.

Wilkinson, who has previously worked for brands including Calvin Klein and retailer Miss Selfridge, joined Asos in 2006.

Last week, Drapers reported that Moriamo Oshodi, head of womenswear buying for trend brands and branded accessories, was leaving Asos after 12 years to pursue personal projects.

This spate of departures from Asos follows the much-anticipated news that former Marks & Spencer’s executive director Kate Bostock will join the company and board in January.

The news comes ahead of the retailer’s pro forma full year results for the five months to August 31, which will be revealed on Thursday. It is also expected to announce its plans to launch into the Far East.

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