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Jack Wills appoints new merchandising director

Jack Wills has appointed former Tesco and M&S executive David Wertheim as its new merchandising director, Drapers can reveal. 

Wertheim joins from the supermarket where he worked in a variety of roles from 2011 starting as merchandising director for UK clothing and then as merchandising director for general merchandise in the UK.

Wertheim later became group operations director for general merchandise in the UK and was most recently group operations director for general merchandise in the UK and central Europe.

Prior to this, Wertheim worked as head of merchandising for womenswear at Sainsbury’s and spent nearly 20 years working in various positions within clothing for Marks and Spencer, including roles as head of merchandising in menswear, kidswear and women’s footwear.

He replaces Richard Fawdry, who held the role for two years. 

The news comes just a week after Jack Wills announced the appointment of Clare Waugh, previously global director of marketing for menswear at Burberry, as chief marketing officer. 

The company returned to profit earlier this year after adopting a no discounting policy. It made an operating profit of £730,000 for the year to 29 January – a significant improvement from the £13.8m loss it made the year before. 

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