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Kim Winser to act as advisor to Agent Provocateur

Kim Winser, the former chief executive of Aquascutum and Pringle, has been hired as a senior adviser to private equity firm 3i.

Winser will advise on retail and consumer investments at 3i, whose retail portfolio includes lingerie chain Agent Provocateur and mainstream womenswear chain Hobbs.

Sources told The Times newspaper that there was a possibility of Winser joining the board of Agent Provocateur in the next few months but that it was still to be decided exactly which of 3i’s portfolio companies she would work with.

It is understood that the arrangement leaves Winser free to work with other private equity groups and it is likely that she will continue looking to buy a retail business herself.

Winser quit as chief executive of Aquascutum in May when her attempted management buyout failed after three years in the role. She also repositioning Pringle from an old-fashioned knitwear brand to a catwalk label, before which she spent two decades at Marks & Spencer, where her roles included divisional director for womenswear.

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