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Jonathan Saunders appoints first chief executive

Rupert Maunsell has been appointed as the first chief executive of Jonathan Saunders, tasked with growing the brand’s business after it received investment earlier this year.

Maunsell was previously operations director at luxury womenswear brand Mary Katrantzou from October 2013 and operations director at luxury etailer Avenue 32 from September 2011 to September 2013.

He was also previously operations manager at luxury womenswear brand Temperley from June 2003 to September 2008, before being promoted to operations director which was a role he held until September 2011.

Maunsell’s remit includes leading a series of key hires across the business to push the strategic growth of the womenswear and menswear brand. The Jonathan Saunders studio also relocates this month from Hackney to new premises in Clerkenwell, London, to support the expansion.

Jonathan Saunders Ltd appointed Peter Hart of Geoffrey Martin & Co and James Earp of James Earp & Associates as joint administrators on January 22.

A new company, Jonathan Saunders International, was formed the same month with investment from Eiesha Bharti Pasricha, a businesswoman and the daughter of Indian tycoon Sunil Bharti Mittal. The amount was not disclosed.

“I have always admired Jonathan’s work immensely and feel fortunate to be working with such a great talent,” said Maunsell. “I am delighted to be part of this new chapter at Jonathan Saunders and look forward to developing this fantastic British brand together.”

Glasgow-born Saunders said: “It’s a significant step for the brand and I’m excited about his forward thinking approach to expansion. We have a shared vision and I’m looking forward to working together to actualise it.”

Pasricha said: “Rupert’s appointment as chief executive to the brand is the most crucial hire we have made to enable us to execute our vision.

“He is a remarkable individual with an exceptionally hands-on approach grounded in operations and strategy right from the grass root level. I am certain we will be able to nurture the brand into its next phase with Jonathan’s creative direction and Rupert at the helm.”


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