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Exclusive: East's finance director departs

East’s finance director Malcolm Watts has left the business after nine years, Drapers can reveal.

Watts joined East in 2008 as financial controller from executive search firm Quintus Group, where he held the same role. He was promoted to finance director in March 2013.

His next move is not yet known.

East co-founder Penny Oliver, who stepped back from the business in 2008, returned as product director last October. Former Thomas Pink COO Erica Vilkauls was appointed interim chief executive of East in November.

Vilkauls has since revealed plans to open a number of new stores, revamp East’s online offer and develop a more personalised omnichannel experience.

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