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Baird Group chairman Peter Lucas to step down

Peter Lucas is to step down as chairman and chief executive of Baird Group after more than 25 years at the menswear group.

Lucas, who is also chairman of fashion trade body UKFT, is understood to be staying on as non-executive director of the firm.

Lucas has been with the retailer since he was appointed managing director of William Baird menswear operations in 1989. He became a member of its board in 1995 and led a management buyout of its menswear divisions in 2000.

Current managing director Mark Cotter is tipped to take over the chief executive role.

Baird Group is both a wholesaler and retailer. It runs concessions in retailers including Selfridges, House of Fraser and Debenhams as well as its own stores for brands including Jeff Banks, Racing Green and

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