Alexon has appointed John Boyle as group finance director, replacing Robin Piggott who is standing down after more than 20 years at the retailer.
Boyle, who was Selfridges head of finance and connect, joins the company with immediate effect and Piggott will leave the retailer following a handover period.
Boyle’s hiring is the latest in a string of changes at the mainstream womenswear group since chief executive Jane McNally joined last June. McNally has since drafted in new teams to drive the repositioing of the group’s brands - which include Eastex, Ann Harvey, Kaliko, Dash and Minuet.
McNally said: “We are delighted to welcome John to the board of Alexon. His impressive track record at Selfridges; knowledge of the department store sector; and ability to put in place strong processes and systems will be of great benefit to Alexon. We have a strong team in place to ensure that we deliver our turnaround strategy.
This week Alexon, which owns chains Eastex, Ann Harvey, Kaliko, Dash and Minuet, unveiled a 12.6% fall in first half like-for-like sales. The retailer reported a pretax loss of £8.1m for the 26 weeks to August 1, compared with a pretax profit of £6.9m a year earlier.
Piggott joined the business over 20 years ago, the last 14 of which he spent as group finance director.