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Exclusive: Mamas & Papas CEO and chairman exit

Mamas & Papas chief executive Jonathon Fitzgerald and executive chairman Derek Lovelock have left their roles at the maternity and kidswear retailer, Drapers has learned.

Fitzgerald was appointed as CEO of the company in December. Prior to that, he was chief commercial officer for two years.

It is understood that Fitzgerald departed from the retailer weeks after Lovelock resigned in April. 

Lovelock, who joined Mamas & Papas as interim CEO in 2014 and became chairman in 2015, continues to hold non-executive chairman roles at British brand Jack Wills and etailer Joe Browns. 

Chief operating officer at Mamas & Papas Jason Greenwood has stepped in as interim CEO. He will report to majority shareholder and BlueGem Capital founder Marco Capello. BlueGem is the private equity owner of Mamas & Papas.

A spokesman for Mamas & Papas said: “Having completed a successful turnaround of Mamas & Papas, Derek Lovelock and Jonathon Fitzgerald have decided to leave the business.

“The shareholders would like to thank both of them for all their efforts over the past three years in returning Mamas & Papas to growth and profit in a tough retail climate.”

Mamas & Papas was founded by the Scacchetti family in 1981. 

BlueGem, which also owns London department store Liberty, acquired Mamas & Papas in 2014. Lovelock joined Mamas & Papas as interim CEO that year from Aurora Fashions, where he was executive chairman.

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