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Jigsaw design chief moves to The White Company

Barbara Horspool has left her role as product director at Jigsaw to join The White Company as clothing director.

Horspool left her role at the premium fashion chain on Friday and started in her new role at lifestyle retailer The White Company on Monday.

The White Company’s chief executive Will Kernan said clothing was “an essential element in the delivery of our five-year plan,” and that it would grow to 40% of sales within this period. The retailer has also just announced its results for the 52 weeks to March 29, in which it revealed an increase in operating profit of 37% year-on-year to £6.5m. Sales also saw a double-digit rise of 14.5% to £143.8m, with strong performance in adult and baby’s clothing, up 26% and 22% respectively.

Kernan added: “The existing team has done a fantastic job with this category, building it from a minimal part of the range six years ago to the credible, successful offer currently available to our customers.  In order to support the future growth ambitions, we have decided that we need to bolster the existing team with an industry expert to take ownership of the buying and design teams and take the considerable success story to the next stage.”

“Barbara is a highly regarded product and creative director within the fashion industry with a strong background in business leadership, coaching and developing individuals and challenging teams to deliver beyond what they thought possible.”

Previous to Jigsaw, Horspool was creative director at New Look from February 2007 until February 2012, and has also worked for Marks & Spencer and Etam France.

 

 

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