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Exclusive: Jones Bootmaker poaches Arcadia buying director

Jones Bootmaker has appointed Dorothy Perkins’ buying director Sarah Davies as chief product officer, Drapers can reveal.

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Davies, who will join the footwear chain at the end of June, joined Arcadia in March 2014. She was head of buying for footwear and accessories at Marks & Spencer from 2007 until 2010 and has previously held buying roles at F&F and Debenhams.

Mike Killick, former chief financial officer at Peacocks, has also recently joined Jones Bootmaker and its sister company Brantano as chief financial officer.

Killick joined from Thorntons, where he had held the same role since 2012. He previously spent 11 years at Peacocks Group and was promoted to CFO in 2007.

David Short, chief executive of Brantano and Jones Bootmaker, told Drapers: “Sarah will bring the knowledge, experience and energy we need to return Jones Bootmaker to its position as one of the leading premium footwear retailers. We have ambitious plans for the brand and Sarah will be at the forefront of delivering our strategy.”

He added: “Mike brings considerable experience at a senior level and will ensure that we steer the right course as we continue to invest in both businesses.”

Short added that he is in “advanced stages” of recruiting a multichannel director, who will have direct responsibility for ecommerce and marketing.

In October 2015 Alteri Investors bought Jones Bootmaker and Brantano for €17m (£12.2m) from now bankrupt Dutch firm Macintosh. In January Brantano fell into administration. A month later Alteri bought the majority of Brantano out of administration for £7m, saving 81 stores, 59 concessions and 1,372 jobs. The sale excluded 57 stores and one concession.

Short added: “We have made considerable progress, at some pace, since the acquisition by Alteri. These appointments will further strengthen our management team and give us the skills and experience we need to deliver our plans.”


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