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Mothercare confirms Newton-Jones as permanent chief executive

As predicted by Drapers in March, Mark Newton-Jones will officially take the helm at Mothercare on July 17 after his four-month tenure as interim chief executive was deemed a success.

The Mothercare board said it had conducted a “thorough recruitment process” over the past few months and was “confident” Newton-Jones was the right person to lead the business.

Newton-Jones previously spent 10 years as chief executive of Shop Direct Group. Before that, he held a variety of roles at Next, including five years overseeing Next Directory.

He was made interim chief executive of Mothercare on March 17.

Alan Parker, chairman of Mothercare, said: “After a rigorous recruitment process, we have chosen a strong and experienced leader in Mark to drive the UK turnaround, and take Mothercare’s international business from strength to strength in order to deliver significant value for our shareholders.”

Newton-Jones said: “Mothercare and Early Learning Centre are two iconic UK retail brands which have both developed into significant international businesses, serving parents and young children in 60 countries. 

“We now need to put in place the building blocks to strengthen the UK performance and I believe there is then a tremendous opportunity to take this business forward.  It will be a pleasure to work alongside Mothercare’s team of passionate and knowledgeable colleagues as we rebuild the UK and continue to grow our global presence.”

Mothercare’s AGM is on July 17.

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