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International boss Hewitt exits Jaeger

Jaeger’s international director David Hewitt has left after a year heading up one of the divisions that former chairman Stewart Binnie had identified as crucial to the retailer’s return to glory.

Drapers understands Hewitt left at the end of last month. It is thought he is taking some time out from the industry before making his next move.

Hewitt, who was previously a consultant and before that was group managing director for Daks Simpson Group for a decade, was recruited by Binnie to spearhead growth in eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Binnie - who left Jaeger in a shock exit after nine months this March - told Drapers last autumn he wanted a third of the premium retailer’s turnover to come from international business within two to three years, and hinted at even more aggressive growth further down the line.

Hewitt’s departure follows the appointment of Colin Henry as Jaeger chief executive, who has pledged to stick with Binnie’s strategy.

Jaeger’s most recent results, for the year to February 29, 2012, show an operating profit of £174,000 on a turnover of £39.4m.

Jaeger declined to comment.

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