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Alison Lancaster joins Bonmarché on interim basis

Bonmarché has appointed former Harrods director Alison Lancaster as interim multichannel and marketing director, effective immediately.

At the end of the year, she will be succeeded by N Brown Group customer, financial services and international director Paul Kendrick, who is leaving the home shopping business after seven years.

Lancaster, who has held a string of director positions at British retailer White Stuff, tailoring business Charles Tyrwhitt and designer outlet group McArthurGlen, will work with the West Yorkshire-based clothing retailer until October.

A spokeswoman for Bonmarché told Drapers Lancaster has been tasked with improving the business’s multichannel capabilities.

Prior to his current position, which he took on in November 2014, Kendrick held a number of roles at N Brown Group including group development director and marketing director.

An N Brown Group spokesperson said: “Although still with us at the moment, [Kendrick] will leave behind a strong team and his responsibilities will be absorbed amongst the JDWilliams operating board.”

The interim hire fills a gap in the Bonmarché team following the departure of Sean Emmett in October 2014.

Earlier today (June 19), N Brown said it has made an “encouraging” start to the year, posting a 2.5% increase in group turnover and a 1.5% increase in like-for-likes for the first quarter.




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