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Anya Hindmarch looks to Karl Lagerfeld for new chief executive

Anya Hindmarch has appointed Helen Wright as chief executive to replace James McArthur, who is leaving after four years.

Wright will take up the role in May. She is currently global vice-president of retail at Karl Lagerfeld, a position she has held since March last year. She previously spent three years at LVMH Group as president for Europe, Middle East and India for Fendi, and has worked for Bamford and Ralph Lauren.

McArthur has worked with Hindmarch on a strategy to “re-energise” the brand and accelerate its growth worldwide. He will continue to be a shareholder from May, when he steps down from the helm, and plans to maintain close links to the company.

“This is an exciting next phase for AH,” said Hindmarch, the luxury accessory brand’s founder, chairman and chief creative officer. “We will now focus on taking the brand’s creativity and energy to our retail environments and new territories. Helen brings great experience of translating creative output into business growth. I very much look forward to working with her.”

Hindmarch said of McArthur: “He leaves a brand that has just won the Accessories Designer of the Year award (at the British Fashion Awards), and with a wholesale order book that is up 60%. I am very grateful for his contribution.”

Wright said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to leading a respected and treasured British luxury brand to greater success.”

It is not yet known if Wright’s replacement at Karl Lagerfeld has been appointed.

Drapers has contacted Anya Hindmarch for a comment.

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