Former Mulberry group commercial director Steven Newey has been appointed as chief executive of luxury men’s footwear and accessories retailer Harrys of London.
Newey held the role at Mulberry from May to October 2014, and was previously general manager of Europe and the Middle East at luxury men’s footwear brand Berluti from May 2012 to April 2014.
He spent 11 years to May 2012 as retail area manager for the UK, France, Germany and Austria at Italian luxury clothing and accessories brand Loro Piana and has held senior roles at Alfred Dunhill, Tommy Hilfiger and Hermès.
“I am joining this business at an extraordinary time of expansion and global growth and I’m delighted to be working alongside such an experienced team,” said Newey. “The next six months promise to be exciting and challenging as we take Harrys of London to new territories and new audiences.”
Marty Wikstrom, who has served as interim chief executive for eight months during the search process, will remain actively involved in the company as a board member and major shareholder.
In October last year, private investment firm Palladin Consumer Retail Partners acquired a majority stake in Harrys of London and announced plans to grow its international footprint in the Middle East, Hong Kong, China and the US.
It has three London stores in Mayfair, the Burlington Arcade and the Royal Exchange,stores in the UAE, Kuwait and Japan, and a transactional website. It also has stockists in more than 20 countries.