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Jacques Vert Group restructures management team

Jacques Vert Group has reviewed its management team, resulting in the departure of two directors.

Merchandising director Mike Halliday has left after 26 years with the womenswear retailer, while group trading director Sarah Morris is set to depart after two years.

Drapers understands Halliday left last week. Morris will leave at around the beginning of April, once the transition to the new structure is complete.

The group, which comprises Jacques Vert, Kaliko, Windsmoor, Colebrooke by Windsmoor, Precis Petite, Eastex, Dash and Planet, declined to provide more details.

Morris was poached from John Lewis, where she was merchandise operations director, in October 2012. She held senior roles at Tesco and Marks & Spencer before joining John Lewis in 2008. As JVG group trading director, she oversaw sourcing, design buying, merchandising, branch merchandising and space management.

Halliday started his career at Littlewoods before joining Jacques Vert as senior merchandiser in 1988. He rose up the ranks to become merchandising director in May 2010.

JVG was formed when private-equity backer Sun European merged Jacques Vert and Irisa Group, formerly Alexon Group, in 2012.

Teresa Tideman, who joined as chief executive in 2013, told Drapers the management review was designed to give “clearer brand accountability” and flatten the structure, to shorten lines of communication.

She added: “Both Sarah and Mike leave with our enormous thanks for all their hard work and commitment and our best wishes for the future.”

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