Topshop departures and a new chairman at Shoe Zone
Topshop’s trading director Helen Wilson is serving her notice and will be leaving the business later this year, Drapers can reveal.
Topshop buying director Emma Fox is serving her notice and will be leaving the business in February, Drapers can reveal.
Topshop trading director Helen Wilson is to join Marks & Spencer as head of merchandising for womenswear following her departure from the Arcadia Group.
Footwear retailer Shoe Zone has appointed Charles Smith as chairman.
Swedish fashion brand Totême has appointed McKinsey & Co’s Johanna Andersson as its new chief executive.
Week ending 10 January 2020
The ambiguity surrounding outgoing John Lewis & Partners managing director Paula Nickolds’ decision to quit “reflects badly on the business”, the fashion industry has told Drapers.
Former CEO of Bonmarché Helen Connolly is joining New Look as chief commercial officer.
Award-winning womenswear independent Iris has appointed former Lulu Guinness managing director, Paul Spinks, as its executive chairman.
Debenhams has appointed former British Airways global head of brands and marketing Abigail Comber as its new chief marketing officer.
Yoox Net-a-Porter Group has promoted Mr Porter’s buying director, Fiona Firth, to managing director.
Week ending 13 December 2019
New Look has announced that COO Nigel Oddy will step into the CEO role in the new year.
Premium fashion brand Gant has promoted Kate King from sourcing director, Asia-Pacific, to executive vice-president of global sourcing.
Marks & Spencer has appointed Adidas’s Paul Babbs to take charge of its supply chain, in a bid to revive its clothing division.
Lululemon’s chief operating officer, Stuart Haselden, will leave the business in January.
Topshop and Topman chief executive Paul Price has resigned after just over two years in the role.
Asda has appointed a replacement for former George MD, Nick Jones, who left the supermarket earlier this year to join Joules as CEO.
Debenhams has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors to the board of its parent company Celine Jersey Topco.
Ted Baker has announcedthe departure of both its CEO and executive chairman.
N Brown Group has appointed Daniel Joy as financial services CEO.
Gant has promoted its executive vice-president of global markets and sales, Patrik Söderström, to the role of chief executive.
Commercial property body Revo has announced Philip Bier, the entrepreneur that brought Copenhagen’s Flying Tiger to the UK, as its junior vice-president.
Week ending 29 November 2019
Marks & Spencer has appointed former Arcadia Group creative director, Anthony Cassidy, as its new head of brand creative.
Revo, the representative body for the UK retail property sector, appointed Vivienne King as its new chief executive.
Former Whistles CEO, Jane Shepherdson, has joined rental platform My Wardrobe HQ as its chair.
Lifestyle brand Ted Baker has appointed Asos’s Peter Collyer as chief people officer.
Asos has announced the appointment of Robert Birge as its first chief growth officer.
Footwear brand Asics has announced that its CEO for EMEA region, Alistair Cameron, has decided to leave after 10 years at the company.
Marks & Spencer has appointed F&F clothing boss Richard Price as its new managing director of clothing and home.
Week ending 22 November 2019
Harvey Nichols co-chief operating officer Daniela Rinaldi is leaving the business after 35 years.
The chief executive of footwear retailer Office, Lorenzo Moretti, has resigned after just one year at the business.
Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group has appointed Andrew Coppel as its new chairman, following a turbulent year for the embattled retail empire.
Luxury British tailoring house Oliver Brown has appointed former Gieves & Hawkes bespoke undercutter, Riki Brockman, as its new head cutter.
Nobody’s Child CEO John Allen is to exit after a year in the role.
FitFlop has appointed Martin Francis, former Karen Millen and Coast customer and digital director, as its new digital general manager.
Moss Bros has appointed Ted Baker’s interim finance boss, Bill Adams, as its chief financial officer.
Week ending 15 November 2019
White Stuff placed some roles from its customer and wholesale teams into consultation yesterday, as part of its ongoing business transformation programme, Drapers has learned.
Chinese retail giant Alibaba has reportedly hired a small team of executives at its London offices to build a UK portfolio.
Stockholm-based tailoring brand Tiger of Sweden has appointed Hugo Boss’s Linda Dauriz as its new chief executive.
Week ending 8 November 2019
Arcadia has made three senior appointments to its digital team, including Rafaele “Rafa” Petruzzo as the newly created role of group chief digital officer; Simon Pakenham-Walsh as group director of digital and retail technology, and Karl De Bruijn as chief information officer.
Shop Direct has appointed Clarks’ European president, Ben Fletcher, as its new group chief financial officer.
Marks & Spencer quietly made nine members of its communications team redundant in July, it has confirmed.
Week ending 1 November 2019
Luxury fashion brand Chloé has reportedly appointed Maison Margiela boss Riccardo Bellini as its new CEO.
Barbour has appointed Hobbs head of design Nicola Brown (née Page) as its new head of womenswear.
Week ending 25 October 2019
Arcadia has appointed the managing director of its Outfit chain as the new retail operations director for Topshop Topman.
New Look has appointed former Jack Wills merchandising director, David Wertheim, as its new merchandising and supply chain boss.
Debenhams Group has appointed Mark Gifford, former House of Fraser chief financial officer, as its new chairman.
Gant’s CEO, Brian Grevy, is stepping down after four years to rejoin Adidas Group as the new executive board member for its global brands.
Marks & Spencer’s newly appointed stores director, David Lepley, will no longer be joining the company, after being offered a bigger role to stay at Morrissons.
Topshop has appointed former Marks & Spencer buying director Gillian Ridley Whittle as its new fashion director.
Nike boss Mark Parker will step down as chief executive in January 2020.
Under Armour founder Kevin Plank will step down from his role as CEO of the business at the end of this year.
British Footwear Association (BFA) chairman, Robert Perkins, has left his role as chief operating officer at footwear business Hotter Shoes.
Footwear business Hotter has appointed Claire Pearl as chief product officer, as part of a restructuring of its leadership team.
Week ending 18 October 2019
Tod’s Group has appointed Walter Chiapponi as creative director of its women’s and men’s collections.
Marks & Spencer has announced that Humphrey Singer will step down from his role as group chief finance officer on 31 December.
Ted Baker has appointed former Scotch & Soda USA CEO Ari Hoffman as chief executive of its business in North America.
Phase Eight’s James Williams has joined ethical kidswear brand Frugi as director of ecommerce and marketing.
Footwear firm Hotter has appointed Adam Griggs as its new chief financial officer.
Laura Ashley’s finance director and joint chief operating officer, Sean Anglim, has stepped down after more than two decades at the business.
Superdry co-founder Julian Dunkerton has been appointed as CEO until April 2021.
Week ending 11 October 2019
Stella McCartney has appointed Moschino’s Gabriele Maggio as CEO as it embarks on its new partnership with minority owner LVMH.
Pepco Group has appointed former Tesco international boss, Trevor Masters, as managing director of its largest brand, Pepco.
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
Asos has appointed four new non-executive directors, including Luke Jensen, CEO of Ocado Solutions.
Marks & Spencer has appointed Mehdi Hosseini as its new head of data science, kicking off a data talent recruitment drive.
Global Brands Group, the owner of Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole and Ellen Tracy, has appointed Eno Polo as its new president of Europe.
Andrew Shapin, CEO of womenswear retailer Long Tall Sally, is stepping down after 12 years.
Burberry has appointed Lacoste’s Jerome Le Bleis as its new chief supply chain officer.
Gant has promoted Eleonore Säll to the role of executive vice-president global brand.
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.
Luxury fashion group Kering has appointed Kalpana Bagamane Denzel as its new chief diversity, inclusion and talent officer.
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
Marks & Spencer has appointed Monique Leeuwenburgh as head of product development, technology and innovation for womenswear.
Debenhams chief financial officer Rachel Osborne has stepped down from the business to join Ted Baker in the same role.
Marks & Spencer’s director of supply chain and logistics for clothing and home, Gordon Mowat, is leaving the business.
Boohoo Group has poached Missguided’s Samantha Helligso to be the new CEO of MissPap, after buying the fast fashion etailer earlier this year.
Maternity brand Seraphine’s chief operating officer, David Williams, has taken over from founder Cécile Reinaud as CEO.
Humphrey Singer, Marks & Spencer’s group chief financial officer, has announced plans to leave the retailer.
Week ending 20 September 2019
Footwear retailer Schuh has appointed Nicola Monachello – former head of buying footwear, home and lifestyle at New Look – as its new buying 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.
Luxury footwear brand Giuseppe Zanotti has appointed Eugenio Manghi as its new chief executive officer.
Pentland Brands president EMEA and Americas, Carl Davies, will leave the company after 10 years at the end of September.
Toby Bateman has stepped down as the managing director of luxury etailer Mr Porter.
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
Yoox Net-a-Porter Group (YNAP) has named Nicola Brandolese the new managing director of Net-a-Porter, alongside four other key appointments.
Former Gant creative director, Christopher Bastin, is returning to the brand in the new role of global artistic director.
Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma has retired, aged 55, with a net worth of $38.4bn (£31.1bn).
Premium German womenswear label Marc Cain has appointed Marcus Breyer as its new chief financial officer.
Revo CEO Ed Cooke steps down after 11 years.
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
Miriam Lahage has stepped down as CEO of lingerie and swimwear etailer Figleaves.
Marks & Spencer has hired Tesco’s former Clubcard loyalty scheme boss in a bid to become a “digital-first retailer”.
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’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 has appointed former Calvin Klein executive Marcella Wartenbergh as its new chief executive officer.
Marks & Spencer has appointed Burton’s head of design, Karen Hall, as its new head of menswear design.
Three Debenhams executives, including marketing, beauty and digital boss Richard Cristofoli, have left the business amid a senior leadership shake-up.
Arcadia Group interim chairman Jamie Drummond-Smith has stepped down from his role at the business.
Primark’s product operations director, Andrew Reaney, has resigned from the business effective 13 September, Drapers can reveal.
Arcadia Group’s chief operating officer David Shepherd has stepped down from his role, after more than 25 years at the company.
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 chief executive Nick Davies has resigned with immediate effect, as the footwear retailer announced its full-year performance will fall below previous expectations.
Sheffield independent department store Sandersons has appointed retail and training consultant Anne Richardson as operations director.
The CEO of Matchesfashion, Ulric Jerome, has left the business.
Week ending 23 August 2019
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All pattern cutting roles at Karen Millen and Coast have been placed into consultancy following Boohoo’s acquisition of the two brands, Drapers understands.
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.
Online marketplace, Notonthehighstreet, has appointed former Hello Fresh UK boss Claire Davenport as its new CEO.
Jack Wills chief executive Suzanne Harlow has left following Sports Direct’s takeover of the lifestyle retailer.
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
Men’s tailoring specialist Moss Bros has appointed Avis Darzins as a non-executive director, joining on 1 September.
Superdry has promoted Nick Gresham to chief financial officer, in attempt to “return [the business] to strong profitable growth”.
Harvey Nichols’ group stores and trading director, Paul Finucane, is leaving the business after 15 years to pursue new career opportunities.
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
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 has confirmed the appointment of Stefaan Vansteenkiste as chief executive.
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 has appointed former N Brown Group CEO Angela Luger, née Spindler, as chair, Drapers understands.
Property company Hammerson has appointed Simon Travis as managing director of premium outlets, to build on its outlet growth.
Drapers has named Kirsty McGregor as its new editor, ahead of incumbent Keely Stocker’s departure for lifestyle retailer 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
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.
Sue Carvell has left her role as commercial director at Cath Kidston.
VF Corporation has appointed Michel Bilodeau as vice-president, general manager for Vans in the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) region.
Cath Kidston’s global ecommerce director Lynn Ritson has left the business after five years.
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
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, Amanda Hill, will be leaving the business in November because of family commitments.
Week ending 19 July 2019
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.
French fashion house Chanel has appointed Fiona Pargeter to the newly-created role of global head of diversity and inclusion.
Shop Direct has appointed Boots’ Guy Farmer as group trading director, effective from September.
Inditex chief operating officer Carlos Crespo has been promoted to the role of chief executive at the Spanish fashion group.
Denim business Kontoor Brands, owner of Wrangler, Lee and Rock 7 Republic, has appointed Simon Fisher as its new managing director for EMEA.
Kate Holt, Jigsaw’s omnichannel director, is leaving the business in September after nine years, Drapers can reveal.
Week ending 12 July 2019
Victoria Beckham chief executive Paolo Riva is to step down from his role for personal reasons, with immediate effect.
The founder and president of Graduate Fashion Week (GFW), Jeff Banks, has stepped down after 29 years.
Marks & Spencer’s managing director of clothing and home, Jill McDonald, is leaving the retailer.
French sustainable trainer brand Veja has appointed Laure Browne as group CEO.
Week ending 5 July 2019
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’s company secretary Cameron Olsen has stepped down after 15 years at the company.
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 has announced that its chief sales officer, Bernd Hake, is leaving the business after 12 years.
Mike Ashley’s head of retail, Karen Byers, has resigned from Sports Direct after 28 years.
Shopping centre owner Hammerson has appointed Howard Ebison as its new operations director.
Week ending 28 June 2019
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 has appointed Karen Millen’s Louise English as interim chief customer officer.
Week ending 21 June 2019
River Island has appointed the former chief executive of The White Company, Will Kernan, as its new CEO.
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 has promoted its managing director, Julia Straus, to the role of chief executive.
Miss Selfridge’s head of merchandising, James Linsell, has left Arcadia Group to join Boohoo in the same role.
Swedish footwear and outerwear brand Tretorn has appointed Magnus Månsson as its new CEO.
CamperLab, the sub-brand concept of Spanish footwear brand Camper, has named Finnish shoe designer Achilles Ion Gabriel its new creative director.
Jigsaw has appointed Joanna Sykes as its new creative director.
66°North has hired Net-a-Porter managing director, Matthew Woolsey, as its global president.