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Arnu Misra exits COO role at Matalan

Arnu Misra has stepped down from his role of chief operating officer at Matalan after almost three years for health reasons.

A replacement has not yet been appointed.

Misra joined Matalan in February 2013 with responsibility for the marketing, retail, IT, supply chain, multichannel, new business and HR functions at the 217-store value chain.

He was previously new business director and chairman of Asda financial services from February 2011 to January 2013 and executive vice president of operations for Canada-based supermarket chain Loblaw from April 2009 to February 2011.

He spent six years as chief executive of Cannons Health and Fitness group of gyms, which was sold to Nuffield Health in 2007.

Matalan chief executive Jason Hargreaves, whose family own the retailer, said: “Arnu Misra, our chief operations officer, has had to step down from his role for health reasons. We thank Arnu for all the work he did throughout his time at Matalan and wish him a speedy recovery.”

In August, Matalan appointed Bernadette Lusher as brand director from Tesco, where she was commercial director of general merchandise for two years and was UK clothing director of its F&F business from 2011 to 2013. She also spent 12 years at Marks & Spencer, latterly as trading director for womenswear from 2008 to 2011.

Lusher is responsible for buying and design, reporting directly to Hargreaves, and works alongside merchandise director Paul Solly for overall product and proposition execution.

Solly was hired as merchandise director at Matalan in March, and previously held the role of category director of home and furniture at Tesco from December 2013.

Readers' comments (1)

  • It would not surprise me that with the news of Roger Burnley leaving Sainsburys, James Brown could return to the NorthWest as COO Matalan?

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