Debenhams has appointed former Tesco clothing boss, Richard Jones, as its new trading director of global sourcing.
His role, which will take effect on 5 February, will include leading Debenhams’ product development and sourcing team, which includes overseas hubs in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Jones most recently worked at Australian retailer Target as merchandise trading director, a role which he held for three years from 2013.
Prior to this, he joined Tesco in 2009 as clothing and home commercial director before joining Irish supermarket Dunnes Stores in 2011 as director of textiles, where he worked for two years.
He also played a significant part in developing the Sainsbury’s TU clothing business and brand. He worked there as clothing divisional director for six years until 2009.
Jones additionally held various roles in store management, buying, merchandising and procurement at Marks & Spencer, between 1985 and 2002.
Angela Morrison, Debenhams IT and supply chain director, said: “Richard joins Debenhams with excellent knowledge and credentials in both sourcing and product development.
“He will undoubtedly be a real asset as he leads Debenhams UK and international teams to improve our product offer as we continue to implement the Debenhams Redesigned strategy.”
The news comes after Steven Cook joined earlier this month from Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew, as Debenhams’ new fashion and home managing director.