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This week's need-to-know people moves

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New names at Tod’s, Ted Baker, Hotter and Frugi, and departures at Marks & Spencer and Laura Ashley.

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Tod’s Group hires new creative director

Tod’s Group has appointed Walter Chiapponi as creative director of its women’s and men’s collections. 

Marks & Spencer CFO departure date revealed

Marks & Spencer has announced that Humphrey Singer will step down from his role as group chief finance officer on 31 December. 

Ted Baker appoints North America CEO

Ted Baker has appointed former Scotch & Soda USA CEO Ari Hoffman as chief executive of its business in North America.

Frugi snaps up online boss from Phase Eight

Phase Eight’s James Williams has joined ethical kidswear brand Frugi as director of ecommerce and marketing. 

Hotter names new CFO

Footwear firm Hotter has appointed Adam Griggs as its new chief financial officer.

Laura Ashley’s finance director steps down

Laura Ashley’s finance director and joint chief operating officer, Sean Anglim, has stepped down after more than two decades at the business. 

Dunkerton to lead Superdry as CEO until 2021

Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton has been appointed as CEO until April 2021.

Week ending 11 October 2019

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New CEO at Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has appointed Moschino’s Gabriele Maggio as CEO as it embarks on its new partnership with minority owner LVMH.

Former Tesco international boss joins Pepco

Pepco Group has appointed former Tesco international boss, Trevor Masters, as managing director of its largest brand, Pepco. 

Little Mistress hires brand buyer

Former SilkFred senior brand scout Katie Dorken has joined the Little Mistress Group as brand buyer, where she will oversee the company’s marketplace buying. 

Week ending 4 October 2019

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Asos reveals new board members

Asos has appointed four new non-executive directors, including Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions.

M&S hires head of data science

Marks & Spencer has appointed Mehdi Hosseini as its new head of data science, kicking off a data talent recruitment drive.

Global Brands Group hires president of Europe

Global Brands Group, the owner of Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole and Ellen Tracy, has appointed Eno Polo as its new president of Europe. 

Long Tall Sally CEO steps down

Andrew Shapin, CEO of womenswear retailer Long Tall Sally, is stepping down after 12 years.

Burberry appoints new chief supply chain officer

Burberry has appointed Lacoste’s Jerome Le Bleis as its new chief supply chain officer.

Gant appoints executive vice-president global brand

Gant has promoted Eleonore Säll to the role of executive vice-president global brand.

Qasimi names successor

Khalid Al Qasimi’s twin sister, Hoor Al Qasimi, has taken over as creative director of the menswear brand Qasimi, after Khalid died unexpectedly in July.

Kering appoints diversity chief

Luxury fashion group Kering has appointed Kalpana Bagamane Denzel as its new chief diversity, inclusion and talent officer.

John Lewis Partnership to axe a third of senior HQ roles

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners are to axe one-third of senior management head office roles, as part of their plan to operate as a single business.

Week ending 27 September 2019

M&S makes senior womenswear hire

Marks & Spencer has appointed Monique Leeuwenburgh as head of product development, technology and innovation for womenswear.

Ted Baker poaches Debenhams CFO

Debenhams chief financial officer Rachel Osborne has stepped down from the business to join Ted Baker in the same role.

Another top-level departure at M&S

Marks & Spencer’s director of supply chain and logistics for clothing and home, Gordon Mowat, is leaving the business.

Boohoo appoints Missguided brand boss as MissPap CEO

Boohoo Group has poached Missguided’s Samantha Helligso to be the new CEO of MissPap, after buying the fast fashion etailer earlier this year.

Seraphine appoints new CEO

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Maternity brand Seraphine’s chief operating officer, David Williams, has taken over from founder Cécile Reinaud as CEO.

Finance chief departs at Marks & Spencer

Humphrey Singer, Marks & Spencer’s group chief financial officer, has announced plans to leave the retailer.

Week ending 20 September 2019


Schuh hires new buying director

Footwear retailer Schuh has appointed Nicola Monachello – former head of buying footwear, home and lifestyle at New Look – as its new buying director.

Burberry appoints non-executive director

Luxury fashion house Burberry has appointed Debra Lee, former CEO and chairman of US network Black Entertainment Television, as a non-executive director, and member of its audit and nomination committees. Lee founded and maintains her position as CEO of Leading Women Defined, an annual gathering of prominent African-American women.

Giuseppe Zanotti names new CEO

Luxury footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti has appointed Eugenio Manghi as its new chief executive officer.

Executive team changes at Pentland

Pentland Brands president EMEA and Americas, Carl Davies, will leave the company after 10 years at the end of September.

Mr Porter MD exits

Toby Bateman has stepped down as the managing director of luxury etailer Mr Porter.

Demna Gvasalia to exit Vetements

Demna Gvasalia is stepping down from the helm of Vetements, the luxury brand he co-founded with his brother in 2014. 

Week ending 13 September 2019

New MD and other hires at Net-a-Porter

Yoox Net-a-Porter Group (YNAP) has named Nicola Brandolese the new managing director of Net-a-Porter, alongside four other key appointments.

Gant creative director returns

Former Gant creative director, Christopher Bastin, is returning to the brand in the new role of global artistic director.

Alibaba founder retires

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma has retired, aged 55, with a net worth of $38.4bn (£31.1bn).

Marc Cain appoints CFO

Premium German womenswear label Marc Cain has appointed Marcus Breyer as its new chief financial officer. 

Revo CEO to step down

Revo CEO Ed Cooke steps down after 11 years. 

John Lewis appoints first independent directors

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed its first independent directors to sit alongside its three non-executive directors on the partnership board. 

Week ending 6 September 2019

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Figleaves CEO steps down

Miriam Lahage has stepped down as CEO of lingerie and swimwear etailer Figleaves. 

M&S appoints head of loyalty to drive digital

Marks & Spencer has hired Tesco’s former Clubcard loyalty scheme boss in a bid to become a “digital-first retailer”.

Growth at Boden as CEO announces departure

Boden chief executive Jill Easterbrook will step down at the end of the year, and will focus on building her portfolio of non-executive directorships. 

Henri Lloyd CEO steps down

Henri Lloyd’s chief executive officer, Magnus Liljeblad, has decided to step down from the business to “make room for new people” to steer it into the future. 

Pepe Jeans appoints new CEO

Pepe Jeans has appointed former Calvin Klein executive Marcella Wartenbergh as its new chief executive officer. 

M&S poaches Burton design chief

Marks & Spencer has appointed Burton’s head of design, Karen Hall, as its new head of menswear design. 

Executive departures at Debenhams

Three Debenhams executives, including marketing, beauty and digital boss Richard Cristofoli, have left the business amid a senior leadership shake-up. 

Arcadia interim chairman steps down

Arcadia Group interim chairman Jamie Drummond-Smith has stepped down from his role at the business.

Primark’s product operations director resigns

Primark’s product operations director, Andrew Reaney, has resigned from the business effective 13 September, Drapers can reveal. 

Arcadia COO David Shepherd exits

Arcadia Group’s chief operating officer David Shepherd has stepped down from his role, after more than 25 years at the company. 

Ex-Office director joins dance shoe brand Anita Flavina

Sean Farrell, former operations director at Office, has joined dance shoe brand Anita Flavina as head of retail operations in the UK.

Week ending 30 August 2019

Shoe Zone boss departs

Shoe Zone chief executive Nick Davies has resigned with immediate effect, as the footwear retailer announced its full-year performance will fall below previous expectations.

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Sandersons appoints operations director

Sheffield independent department store Sandersons has appointed retail and training consultant Anne Richardson as operations director. 

Matchesfashion CEO departs

The CEO of Matchesfashion, Ulric Jerome, has left the business. 

Week ending 23 August 2019

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Beth Butterwick departs from Karen Millen

Beth Butterwick has left her position as CEO of Karen Millen and Coast following Boohoo’s acquisition of the two brands. 

Ted Baker finance boss heads to Mulberry

Charles Anderson, finance director for lifestyle retailer Ted Baker’s subsidiaries, has left the business to join luxury brand Mulberry as its new group finance director.

Further redundancies at Karen Millen

All pattern cutting roles at Karen Millen and Coast have been placed into consultancy following Boohoo’s acquisition of the two brands, Drapers understands. 

Hammerson hires new CFO

Property company Hammerson has appointed James Lenton as chief financial officer (CFO) and an executive director, and will assume the respective roles on 16 September and 1 October.

Notonthehighstreet appoints new chief

Online marketplace, Notonthehighstreet, has appointed former Hello Fresh UK boss Claire Davenport as its new CEO. 

Suzanne Harlow exits Jack Wills

Jack Wills chief executive Suzanne Harlow has left following Sports Direct’s takeover of the lifestyle retailer. 

Monsoon CEO exits

Monsoon Accessorize CEO Paul Allen has decided to leave the business. Drapers understands the business does not plan to replace him.


Week ending 16 August 2019

Board changes at Moss Bros

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Men’s tailoring specialist Moss Bros has appointed Avis Darzins as a non-executive director, joining on 1 September. 

Superdry appoints CFO

Superdry has promoted Nick Gresham to chief financial officer, in attempt to “return [the business] to strong profitable growth”.

Paul Finucane to exit Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols’ group stores and trading director, Paul Finucane, is leaving the business after 15 years to pursue new career opportunities.

Max Mara UK boss extends his remit

Max Mara’s managing director of UK and Ireland, Andrea Ceglia, has been appointed as CEO of the group’s operations in Australia and New Zealand, Drapers can reveal. 

Week ending 9 August 2019

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Farfetch’s new chief customer officer and senior departure

Farfetch’s chief operating officer Andrew Robb has stepped down from the business after nine years, and will leave in the next six months. It has also created a new chief customer officer role, which will be assumed by Stephanie Phair.

Debenhams confirms new CEO

Debenhams has confirmed the appointment of Stefaan Vansteenkiste as chief executive.

New Icebreaker vice-president

Activewear brand Icebreaker, part of the VF Corporation, has promoted Jan Van Mossevelde to vice-president and general manager of its EMEA (Europe, MIddle East and Africa) business.

TM Lewin appoints new chair

TM Lewin has appointed former N Brown Group CEO Angela Luger, née Spindler, as chair, Drapers understands. 

Hammerson appoints premium outlets MD

Property company Hammerson has appointed Simon Travis as managing director of premium outlets, to build on its outlet growth. 

Drapers appoints new editor

Drapers has named Kirsty McGregor as its new editor, ahead of incumbent Keely Stocker’s departure for lifestyle retailer Fat Face.

Drapers editor to join Fat Face

Drapers’ Keely Stocker will be stepping down as editor after more than 14 years at the title, to join lifestyle retailer Fat Face. 

Week ending 2 August 2019

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Gucci appoints diversity head

Gucci has appointed Renée E Tirado as global head of diversity, equity and inclusion after the brand was criticised for selling a balaclava-style jumper that some felt referenced “blackface” earlier this year. 

Cath Kidston commercial director departs

Sue Carvell has left her role as commercial director at Cath Kidston. 

Harrods hires ex-Burberry digital director

Harrods has appointed former Burberry director of digital commerce, Caitlin Innes, as its first ever digital and strategy director.

Vans hires new vice-president for EMEA 

VF Corporation has appointed Michel Bilodeau as vice-president, general manager for Vans in the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) region.

Cath Kidston global ecommerce director exits

Cath Kidston’s global ecommerce director Lynn Ritson has left the business after five years.

Pinko shakes up management team

Italian womenswear brand Pinko has hired a new all-Italian team to lead the business through its next phase of growth.

Week ending 26 July 2019

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Superdry makes board appointments

Retailer Superdry has announced the appointment of Georgina Harvey and Faisal Galaria to its board as non-executive directors. Harvey is also set to become chairman of the remuneration committee.

Harrods chief marketing and customer officer exits

Harrods’ chief marketing and customer officer, Amanda Hill, will be leaving the business in November because of family commitments. 

Week ending 19 July 2019

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M&S appoints human resources director

Marks & Spencer has appointed food chain McDonald’s chief people officer Harriet Hounsell as its human resources director, in a bid to overhaul the company’s culture. 

Chanel hires first head of diversity and inclusion

French fashion house Chanel has appointed Fiona Pargeter to the newly-created role of global head of diversity and inclusion. 

Shop Direct appoints group trading director

Shop Direct has appointed Boots’ Guy Farmer as group trading director, effective from September. 

Carlos Crespo appointed Inditex CEO

Inditex chief operating officer Carlos Crespo has been promoted to the role of chief executive at the Spanish fashion group. 

Kontoor Brands hires new MD

Denim business Kontoor Brands, owner of Wrangler, Lee and Rock 7 Republic, has appointed Simon Fisher as its new managing director for EMEA.

Jigsaw omnichannel director to exit

Kate Holt, Jigsaw’s omnichannel director, is leaving the business in September after nine years, Drapers can reveal. 

Week ending 12 July 2019

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Victoria Beckham CEO exits

Victoria Beckham chief executive Paolo Riva is to step down from his role for personal reasons, with immediate effect.

Graduate Fashion Week founder and chair step down

The founder and president of Graduate Fashion Week (GFW), Jeff Banks, has stepped down after 29 years.

M&S clothing boss Jill McDonald exits

Marks & Spencer’s managing director of clothing and home, Jill McDonald, is leaving the retailer. 

Public Desire hires ex-Asos senior buyer

Public Desire has appointed former senior buyer at Asos, Fiona Brown, as head of buying for apparel and footwear. 

Veja appoints first external group CEO

French sustainable trainer brand Veja has appointed Laure Browne as group CEO.

Week ending 5 July 2019

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Cerruti 1881 chief creative officer departs

Cerruti 1881’s chief creative officer, Jason Basmajian, has left the Trinity Group-owned menswear brand, marking the second senior depature from the Hong Kong fashion group this week. 

Sports Direct loses second long-serving executive

Sports Direct’s company secretary Cameron Olsen has stepped down after 15 years at the company.

Superdry makes board appointments

Superdry has appointed former Marks & Spencer chief financial officer Helen Weir as senior independent director and former New Look chief financial officer Alastair Miller as chair of the audit committee.

Hugo Boss chief sales officer resigns

Hugo Boss has announced that its chief sales officer, Bernd Hake, is leaving the business after 12 years.

Sports Direct’s head of retail exits 

Mike Ashley’s head of retail, Karen Byers, has resigned from Sports Direct after 28 years.

Hammerson appoints operations director

Shopping centre owner Hammerson has appointed Howard Ebison as its new operations director. 

Week ending 28 June 2019

Ray Clacher departs from Trinity Group

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Ray Clacher has stepped down from his role as executive vice-president at Hong Kong fashion group Trinity, which owns menswear brands Kent & Curwen, Gieves & Hawkes and Cerruti 1881, Drapers can reveal.

New Look hires interim chief customer officer

New Look has appointed Karen Millen’s Louise English as interim chief customer officer.


Week ending 21 June 2019

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River Island appoints new CEO

River Island has appointed the former chief executive of The White Company, Will Kernan, as its new CEO. 

Masai Clothing Company bolsters team for international growth

Sharon Jones has joined Danish womenswear retailer Masai Clothing Company as head of sales UK and Ireland, after six years at premium womenswear brand Luisa Cerano.

Masai has also hired Christina Strunge as its new international head of marketing. The announcement forms part of the business’s international expansion plan. 

Sweaty Betty appoints new CEO

Sweaty Betty has promoted its managing director, Julia Straus, to the role of chief executive. 

Miss Selfridge head of merchandising departs for Boohoo

Miss Selfridge’s head of merchandising, James Linsell, has left Arcadia Group to join Boohoo in the same role.

Tretorn appoints new CEO

Swedish footwear and outerwear brand Tretorn has appointed Magnus Månsson as its new CEO.

Camper appoints new creative director for sub-brand

CamperLab, the sub-brand concept of Spanish footwear brand Camper, has named Finnish shoe designer Achilles Ion Gabriel its new creative director.

Jigsaw hires new creative director

Jigsaw has appointed Joanna Sykes as its new creative director.

66°North appoints Net-a-Porter MD

66°North has hired Net-a-Porter managing director, Matthew Woolsey, as its global president.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Good to see more people moves. It is a healthy indicator of a competitive industry. But will fashion businesses be among the first to take advantage of this week’s Supreme Court ruling which confirms the enforceability of post-termination non-compete covenants in employment contracts?
    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

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