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Debenhams poaches BHS managing director Mike Goring

Debenhams has poached BHS managing director Mike Goring who will become retail director of the department store.

Goring will take up the position on January 12 next year. He replaces Nigel Palmer who left the retailer at the end of last month.

He will join Debenhams’ executive management team as executive director and will take responsibility for retail, retail operations and store development.

Goring has held a variety of senior roles within Arcadia and the Burton Group prior to that. He was appointed as managing director of BHS in 2009.

An Arcadia spokeswoman said: “The Arcadia Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his continued dedication to the group over the years and to wish him all the very best for the future.”

Readers' comments (3)

  • Mike Goring is a total fashion industry legend! I was at the Women in Retail Awards last month and he was given a special award for all his work in encouraging women - and indeed men - to follow careers in the business. At least 10 of the top women retailers in the room had worked under Mike and every one of them was on their feet applauding when he won. He's a sad loss for Arcadia but a great recruit for Debenhams. Its a shame there aren't more like him in the trade.

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  • Its a rare thing to be a great ops person but be able to see past the figures to the people. Mike Goring is a perfect blend of those two things. Motivational. Inspiring. But also runs a tight ship. Best of luck to him in his new role.

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  • Great reputation, but why though would an MD of a large group like Bhs move as a Retail Director to another similar group? What does it say about BHS?

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