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Hoopers appoints new managing director

Hoopers has appointed Debra Angus as managing director of the department store business, just five months after Anne Horton was edged out of the company.

Angus has been at the company since 2003, when she joined as homewares and furniture buyer. As part of the restructure last December that led to Horton’s departure she was promoted to the new stores and buying controller.

At the same time owners David and Patricia Thompson promoted their daughter Katie Woodward to take on the role of executive chairman.

The husband and wife team said they were “delighted” with Angus’ promotion, which they said came after the business had “undergone a radical change within its senior management team”.

They plan to implement “a progressive modernisation of the company infrastructure” as well as rolling out a “major investment” in refurbishing its branches in Torquay, Wilmslow, and Harrogate. 

It follows the multi-million pound facelift of Hoopers’ flagship Tunbridge Wells store.
 

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