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LK Bennett appoints chief exec

Upmarket clothing and footwear retailer LK Bennett has announced the appointment of Didier Drouet as its new chief executive.

Drouet, who assumes the position with immediate effect, takes over from the retailer’s executive chairman Robert Bensoussan who had acted as chief executive since the departure of Margaret McDonald in October 2010.

Bensoussan will continue in his role as executive chairman.

Drouet comes to LK Bennett from a background in high end and luxury fashion and footwear brands.

Most recently Drouet held the position of chief executive at Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci, owned by luxury goods group LVMH.

He also headed up high-end French footwear label Stéphané Kélian and before that was international retail director at Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo.

Bensoussan said: “Didier Drouet has a wealth of international experience in the fields of fashion, accessories and luxury, which will strengthen the growth of LK Bennett and capitalise on the many opportunities we have to develop the business both in the UK and internationally.”

Drouet added: “I am excited to join the LK Bennett team and look forward to building on the foundations in place to further develop the brand globally.”

In August Drapers reported that LK Bennett was planning to open a further 10 stores in major US cities over the next three years as it embarks on a major global push.

In May of this year the retailer secured a £16m credit facility from Lloyds Banking Group which it plans to use in order to accelerate its international expansion, with a particular focus on the US.

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