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Hunter taps Burberry designer as it beefs up top team

Footwear brand Hunter has appointed former Burberry designer Niall Sloan as its new global design director in the latest wave of appointments at the label.

Sloan will oversee the development and design of all product categories and his first collection for Hunter is expected for autumn 14.  For the past 10 years, Sloan has worked with Burberry, most recently as senior womenswear designer for Burberry Prorsum.

Ken Pratt has also joined the footwear firm as chief financial officer. Pratt comes to Hunter from Signet UK, where he held the same position.

In addition, Ali Lowry has been named global communications director. Earlier, Lowry was with Giorgio Armani, where he oversaw U.K. public relations and marketing activity.

As exclusively revealed by Drapers, former Reiss director Dan Lumb has been named online director, overseeing all global online functions for Hunter and the continued development of its e-commerce business. The move comes following Lumb’s departure from Reiss in May, where he was director of e-commerce.

The team has been bolstered following the appointment of Alasdhair Willis as creative director and Fabrizio Stroppa as commercial sales director in February, as well as the appointment of James Seuss as chief executive last December.

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