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Jigsaw appoints non-execs from new owner

Jigsaw has appointed new non-executive directors to its board from its new owners, following the sale of a majority stake in the business to Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross.

The CEO from Best Dressed Group – Ross’s workwear company – Kieron Traynor and general counsel Philip Kenny have now joined Jigsaw’s parent company, Robinson Webster, as non-executive directors.

Best Dressed Group was known as Uniform Brands before it changed its name earlier this month. Its brands include Simon Jersey, Ballyclare and Orcon.

Best Dressed Group is thought have invested £5m in the Jigsaw deal, with Jigsaw founder John Robinson putting in a simialr amount and Secure Trust Bank committing £10m to replace Barclays as Jigsaw’s principal lender.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Jigsaw confirmed that Robinson will remain involved with day-to-day operations in a non-executive role.

The news comes after Drapers revealed last month that former CEO Peter Ruis had left the business, with Charles Atterton returning to an executive role as Jigsaw’s executive chairman.

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