Allan Nielsen has resigned after 11 years at the helm of Danish fashion house Bestseller in the UK and Ireland.
Nielsen is leaving Bestseller to join Danish sportswear company Hummel. His new title has not been confirmed, but it is understood he will lead the business in place of former CEO Søren Schriver, who left in February.
Nielsen joined Bestseller in 2002 as a manager at its menswear label Jack & Jones and was made country director for the UK and Ireland in 2006. He took on added responsibility for the US and Canada in 2014 and Australia in March this year.
Henrik Bjørn Hansen will take over responsibility for Bestseller in the UK and Ireland. Hansen has worked at the fashion house for 14 years and currently has regional responsibility for Benelux, France and Spain. The move will give him full responsibility for the Western Europe region.
Bestseller’s brands are stocked by about 120 independents and 20 multiples in the UK and Ireland, and it has 32 own stores. Jack & Jones is the group’s biggest wholesale brand.
A spokesman for Bestseller said: “We are of course disappointed that Allan has decided to end his time with Bestseller, however, we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours and thank him for the many great years we have had together.”