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Fat Face makes promotions as 'positive momentum continues'

Lifestyle retailer Fat Face has promoted four of its senior staff to director level, as it continues to focus and invest in the product and ecommerce side of its business.

On the design and buying side, Emma Shaw, who joined the retailer in 2011 from Asda’s George, has been promoted from head of design to director or design, while Kate Brown, who joined in 2014 from Monsoon, has become director of buying and quality. She was previously head of buying and quality.

Leading the merchandising department, Nick Stevenson, who joined in 2011 from Sainsbury’s, has risen from head of merchandising and sourcing to director of the same area.

Reflecting the strength of the retailer’s online business, Paul Wright, who joined in 2011 from Dyson, has also been promoted to director of ecommerce, from head of ecommerce.

Fat Face chief executive Anthony Thompson said the promotions demonstrated ”the stability and bench strength of talent within Fat Face”: “I always think that internal promotions are a reflection of the talent in any organisation, and I am delighted for Emma, Kate, Nick and Paul. This announcement also reflects our determination to continue to invest in product and develop a truly multichannel business.”

In its most recent results for the year to 28 May 2016, Fat Face’s sales increased 7.4% to £220.7m, but currency headwinds, a warm autumn and investment in the business meant that EBITDA dropped 8% to £33.5m.

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