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James Seuss steps down as CEO of Hunter

James Seuss will step down from his role as chief executive of Hunter at the end of this month.

The company is currently searching for a candidate to lead Hunter through its next phase of growth.

It has formed an interim leadership committee to manage the business, comprising creative director Alasdhair Willis, chief financial officer Benedict Smith, product and sourcing director Julie Rafferty and chief executive and president of the Americas Wendy Svarre.

“We would like to thank Jim for his service to Hunter,” said chairman Oliver Haarmann. “The business has continued to see high sales growth and increasing brand awareness during his tenure, through a transformational period for the brand.”

Seuss took the top job in December 2012 after previous chief executive roles at watch retailer Tourneau, US footwear brand Cole Haan and designer label Stella McCartney, and a stint as managing director of jeweller Tiffany & Co. He was brought in after private equity firm Searchlight Capital Partners acquired a majority share of Hunter at the start of 2012.

His brief was to take the 160-year-old wellington boot brand to the next stage of its development, targeting new sales channels and product categories.

Under his leadership, Hunter launched a range of clothing, accessories and footwear for autumn 14, a multi-platform transactional website in September last year, and a 5,300 sq ft flagship store at 83-85 Regent Street, which opened in October 2014.

Read The Drapers Interview with James Seuss here.






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