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HoF buying head joins John Lewis

House of Fraser head of buying for menswear and kidswear Matt McCormack is to step down in September – the third high-profile departure from the department store chain this month. 

McCormack will join rival department store John Lewis in October as head of buying for menswear and sports.

McCormack has been integral to the growth of the branded menswear and kidswear business at House of Fraser over the past two years. The retailer has overhauled both its men’s and kids’ departments in the past two years, taking them upmarket with more premium brands.

McCormack’s resignation came just a fortnight after House of Fraser confirmed that commercial director Colin Porter and director of womenswear, accessories and beauty June Lawlor would also leave the business in September. They are both set to join menswear company Crombie as joint managing directors and will be tasked with revamping its stores and concessions.

However, House of Fraser has drafted in womenswear veteran Stephanie Chen as womenswear director to take over Lawlor’s womenswear responsibilities and drive own-label growth plans. Chen has previously worked at both Bhs and Debenhams.

It is unclear whether House of Fraser has found a replacement for McCormack.

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