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Lane Crawford poaches John Lewis and Burberry directors

Luxury Asian department store Lane Crawford has raided British companies John Lewis and Burberry for two new key hires.

Andrea O’Donnell, former commercial director at department store group John Lewis, will join Lane Crawford as executive director on September 3.

Meanwhile Sebastian Picardo, former managing director of digital commerce at Burberry, will join the Hong Kong-based retailer as executive vice president business development and online on August 6.

Andrew Keith president of Lane Crawford, said: “Both Andrea and Sebastian bring extensive knowledge from companies leading the way in omni-channel retailing. Their skills combined with our innovation and Asian market leadership will enable us to deliver a seamless and dynamic retail experience for our customers both in China and globally.”

The announcement comes after Lane Crawford announced full-year revenue of $700m (£446m) for the year to March 31, 2012.

In 2013 the retailer will open a China-based flagship store in Shanghai, its largest store at 150,000 sq ft.

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