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Neil Clifford, CEO, Kurt Geiger

The big news of 2018 for Neil Clifford came in late August, when it was revealed that Kurt Geiger has taken over the management of Aldo’s department store and online concession agreements in a five-year deal.

At the time, Clifford said Kurt Geiger was pursuing an aggressive expansion strategy for Aldo and plans to add 50 locations over the next three years.

This will further strengthen Kurt Geiger’s stronghold in the UK and Ireland, as it already runs concessions in Selfridges, House of Fraser, Debenhams and Fenwick, as well as running its own stores.

It launched a 1,130 sq ft concession concept within John Lewis’s revamped Oxford Street Flagship, called the Shoe Room. It now has 60 Kurt Geiger stores and 200 department store concessions, employing more than 2,000 people. Clifford has made some high-profile hires this year. Gareth Rees-John, multichannel director at Miss Selfridge, left Arcadia to join as digital director, and former Oasis customer director Briony Garbett joined as global brand and customer experience director.

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