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Exclusive: Maria Hollins joins Ann Summers

Lingerie retailer Ann Summers has appointed Maria Hollins, formerly of House of Fraser and Asos, as joint managing director. 

Vanessa Gold, sister of Ann Summers CEO Jacqueline Gold, will retain her role as managing director.

Hollins left her role as executive product and trading director at House of Fraser in March 2018 and has since been freelancing as a retail consultant.

She joined the department store as executive director buying and design in May 2016. 

Previously, she was producing and trading director at Asos for five years. 

Natalie Amosu has been appointed as chief marketing officer and Mark Gifford as a non-executive director.

Amosu has nearly 30 years’ experience in senior marketing roles at New Look, Asos and Arcadia. Most recently she was chief marketing officer at video game company Game Digital.

Gifford, who was CFO at House of Fraser for 13 years from 2002, is also currently a non-executive director at British handbag brand Radley and Don McCarthy’s investment fund No 9 Investments.

Commenting on the flurry of senior appointments Gold said: “In 2018 we made a substantial investment in a brand relaunch, as well as our technology and IT systems which is enabling us to digitally enhance our customer experience. At this progressive time for Ann Summers we felt the time was right to bring in more talent as we look to the future of the business.”

 

 

 

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