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Agent Provocateur hires Chris Woodhouse as chairman

Luxury lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur has hired Debenhams finance director Chris Woodhouse as chairman.

Woodhouse, who takes up the post with immediate effect, is also chairman of Gondola Group, which operates restaurant chains including Pizza Express and Ask.

Agent Provocateur, which is backed by private equity group 3i, said Woodhouse would bring a “depth of UK and international experience” to the retailer.

Agent Provocateur chief executive Garry Hogarth said:  “We are delighted that Chris is joining Agent Provocateur at such an exciting time in the company’s development.

“He has an excellent reputation in the industry and his broad retail experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow our business, both in the UK and internationally.”

Woodhouse said: “I am really excited to be joining Agent Provocateur as Chairman. The company has built an outstanding brand in the luxury retail market and has performed strongly throughout the recession. I look forward to working with Garry and the management team to help in ensuring the company continues to develop its platform for growth.”

Agent Provocateur recently opened a flagship store on Madison Avenue, New York, as well as  on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Agent Provocateur was founded in 1994 and has 53 stores around the worldwide.

It has “a number” of further international store openings in the pipeline, it said.





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