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Moons steps down at Brantano

Kurt Moons, the chief executive of out-of-town footwear retailer Brantano, has left the business three months after it was acquired by Dutch retail giant Macintosh Retail Group.
Moons’ departure after 20 years is part of a wider shake-up of Brantano’s team. Macintosh drafted in its chief operating officer Eric Coorens as Moons’ replacement and has hired David Short – who ran German footwear chain Deichmann’s UK arm – as UK managing director. He will join in June.

Diederik Vandekerckhove, who was acting as the interim UK managing director, will return to a role at Macintosh to pursue new projects.
Terry Boot will remain at the UK business as management services director, and Karen Staton and Simon Cook will also stay at the firm in the roles of retail operations director and buying and merchandising director respectively.

Brantano has 286 stores – 125 in Belgium, four in Luxembourg, 146 in the UK and 11 franchise stores in the Middle East.

Macintosh runs more than 450 footwear stores under the Scapino, Dolcis, Manfield, Invito and PRO Sport brands in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

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