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Stacey Cartwright frontrunner for Harvey Nichols chief executive

Former Burberry finance director Stacey Cartwright has emerged as one of the frontrunners for the top job at Harvey Nichols.

Drapers understands that Cartwright is one of the final two being considered for the chief executive role, which has been held by Joseph Wan since 1992. Wan is expected to retire from the business late this year or early 2014.

Cartwright left Burberry in July after nine years at the luxury label, quitting with a £4m payoff package. Her departure was announced in February, as former BBC Worldwide boss John Smith was appointed as the company’s first chief operating officer.

She was widely credited with playing a significant role in the turnaround of the business.

Although it is not known who the second potential candidate is. Industry sources indicated that Wan and executive chairman Dickson Poon had been close to making a decision before changing their minds and revisiting the possible pool.

Harvey Nichols declined to comment.

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