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Exclusive: Topman’s David Shepherd promoted to Arcadia board

Topman managing director David Shepherd has been promoted to chief operating officer for trading at Arcadia, in a bid to grow the group’s e-commerce and international businesses.

Shepherd, who joined Arcadia almost 18 years ago as a Saturday boy in the Oxford Circus store, has also been appointed to the board. He will continue to oversee the running of Topman until further notice.

In the newly created role, Shepherd will work on a number of strategic projects focusing on international and e-commerce growth, alongside Siobhan Forey, who has been promoted from group HR director to chief operating officer for HR and operations, in another newly created role.

“It’s a new role, driving the group’s strategies through, and I’m very excited,” Shepherd told Drapers. He will continue to report into Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green and chief executive Ian Grabiner.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This is well overdue and richly deserved.
    Under his guidance of sticking rigidly to formula and giving buyer/merchandising autonomy, which in turn has speeded up the supply chain, he has developed Topman into the fastest, best, young fashion retailer in Europe, if not beyond.

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  • Nothing more than he deserves! well done Sir.

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