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This week's need-to-know people moves

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Senior departures at M&S and Graduate Fashion Week, with new appointments at Public Desire and Veja.

M&S said goodbye to Jill McDonald, managing director of clothing and home

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.

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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Will Kernan

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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