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Cath Kidston appoints former Harrods boss to board

Lifestyle brand Cath Kidston has appointed Marty Wikstrom, former managing director of Harrods and president of US retailer Nordstrom, as a non-executive director.

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Marty Wikstrom

Marty Wikstrom

Marty Wikstrom

Wikstrom has more than 30 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She joined Harrods in 2001 after 19 years at Nordstrom, where she rose from part-time sales assistant to president of the full-line stores group.

She was appointed non-executive director of luxury goods group Richemont in 2005 and became head of the firm’s fashion and accessories division in 2009, overseeing the redevelopment of six of its high-end fashion brands, including Dunhill, Chloé and Azzedine Alaїa.

Wikstrom is also a founding partner of Atelier Fund, which specialises in the acquisition and development of luxury brands. She currently sits on the boards of Fortnum & Mason, Johnstons of Elgin, The Rug Company and Farrow & Ball. She was previously a non-executive director at Bally International and Space NK.

Private equity group Baring Asia acquired a controlling share in Cath Kidston at the beginning of October, resulting in the departure of the latter’s chairman, Paul Mason.

The brand opened its first store in India last week and is planning a launch across Latin America.


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