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Former BHS boss Darren Topp joins LK Bennett as CEO

LK Bennett has appointed former BHS chief executive Darren Topp in the same role.

He replaces interim CEO Robert Bensoussan, who will stay on as a non-executive director.

The premium womenswear retailer has also appointed former BHS financial adviser Michael Hitchcock as CFO, succeeding Alison Egan. Both are joining this week.

Bensoussan said: “Having been an investor in LK Bennett since 2008, and having spent the last two years as interim CEO, now is the right time for me to step back into a non-executive role.”

Prior to joining BHS, Topp spent over twenty years at Marks & Spencer in a variety of leadership positions, including as divisional executive, head of HR and regional and store manager roles.

Hitchcock was previously CFO at Beales and Moss Bros.

A source close to the situation said: “[LK Bennett] is a great brand and it should be doing much better than it has been doing. There are opportunities in the UK and abroad, particularly in markets like China and the Middle East.

“There are probably too many stores in the UK which may have to be evaluated, but there are big opportunities online and in other areas.”

Readers' comments (4)

  • This just goes to show that time and time again in this industry, failure is rewarded with success. After the BHS debacle, where Topp was so out of his depth and his Radio 4 interview told you all you needed to know.

    What next, Basil Brush Head of ICI?

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  • Totally agree. I assume the brand is panicking! There have been odd appointments but this really takes the biscuit!

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  • Its not what you know, its not who you know...its what you know about who you know!

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  • What an intriguing comment..

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