Meg Lustman, outgoing John Lewis fashion buying director and former managing director of Warehouse, is in talks to become chief executive of Hobbs.
Hobbs has confirmed to Drapers that Lustman is one of several candidates under consideration for the role, which has been vacant since former chief executive Nicky Dulieu stepped down in February.
Chairman Phil Wrigley has been at the helm since Dulieu stepped down, and will continue in this capacity until a replacement is found. It is not yet known when a decision on a new chief executive will be made. Dulieu has remained involved with the retailer as a non-executive director.
Lustman joined John Lewis as fashion buying director on a nine-month contract last November, after having left Warehouse in February following nearly four years at the company.
At the time she told Drapers she would consider extending it to a permanent role. However she will now leave at the end of July, with Ed Connolly, director of electricals and home technology, to step up into the role.
Lustman declined to comment.