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Hackett hires new retail and wholesale directors

British menswear brand Hackett has appointed replacements for its retail and wholesale chiefs following a string of departures last month, but has “no immediate plans” to replace ecommerce director Kristine Kirby.

Hackett’s former retail director Lucinda Gittins, who is understood to have left in June, has been replaced by Jesper Christensen, who was head of retail at Hugo Boss from October 2013 to May 2014. Christensen previously held roles at accessories brands Spinning Jewelry and Pandora.  

Gittins, who was at Hackett for more than a decade, has assumed the retail director role at British shirtmaker Thomas Pink.

Head of wholesale operations Berta Hortiguela also departed Hackett last month. The brand’s merchandising and planning manager Eileen Walsh has been promoted to the job after 15 months with the company. Walsh previously spent a year as international retail and ecommerce manager at Pringle of Scotland.

Hortiguela, who was with Hackett for eight years, will join luxury footwear brand Charlotte Olympia in September. The brand was unable to confirm her title at this stage.

Kirby left Hackett in mid-July after just eight months heading its ecommerce operations. It is not known if she has another project lined up.

Hackett would not give a reason for the decision not to immediately fill the ecommerce role, saying only: “We haven’t replaced Kirby, and we won’t be looking to for a while.”

One source suggested several people “at different levels” had left the business recently. Hackett’s owner Pepe Jeans Group is understood to be mulling a sale of the business in a deal that could value it at more than £500m.

The group is said to have called in advisers from Morgan Stanley to look at options for the sale of both denim brand Pepe and Hackett.

A sale of the two British brands is expected to fetch €700m (£553.6m) and private equity firms including KKR, Permira, CVC and PAI are reportedly interested in acquiring the company.

Readers' comments (2)

  • An odd time when a brand is up for sale. Do you continue to invest in a brand when new owners might have completely different philosophy meaning you're left out in the cold?

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  • Sophia Chou

    Can not recognize this is a bad or good news for Hackett

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