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Darren Topp joins retail headhunter firm as chairman

Former LK Bennett and BHS chief executive Darren Topp has joined Retail Executives, a specialist fashion and retail recruitment firm, as chairman.

He will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction, growing its advisory board and board practice.

Retail Executives was formed earlier this year by Richard Hollister, who previously worked at executive search firms including Barracuda Search, CT Patners and Boyden. He is aiming to assemble an advisory board of senior fashion and retail executives and will announce other senior industry hires over the next few weeks.

Topp joined LK Bennett in September 2016 after heading up Arcadia’s BHS, which collapsed in April that year.

He told Drapers: “The recruitment industry generally doesn’t have people with first-hand experience of retail so hopefully we will have an edge that better reflects the needs of today’s chief executives and senior management teams. We have a great network between us and will be appointing some more senior hires to build a new type of executive recruitment business that’s fit for today’s challenging retail climate.”

Hollister added: “Darren’s knowledge of the marketplace, experience at various operating levels, [means] he can understand the issues facing retailers and assist with solutions.”




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