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New chief executive at New Look

New Look has reorganised its senior management team with the promotion of Phil Wrigley to executive chairman and Carl McPhail to chief executive with immediate effect.

The new structure at the retailer has been unveiled to support ambitious growth plans for New Look and the new executive board will comprise of Paul Marchant, who has been promoted to chief operating officer from his position as managing director for buying, merchandising and design. Finance director Alastair Miller will become chief financial officer.

In addition, three new executive directors have been appointed who will sit on the executive
committee reporting into the main board. Will Kernan has been made managing director for the UK and Eire, as predicted by Drapers (April 12). Michael Lemner has been made managing director for international and Linda Owen has been appointed as group HR director.

Phil Wrigley, executive chairman said: “I am pleased that the board and our shareholders have agreed that now is the right time for Carl to take over as chief executive, and for me to move up to the role of executive chairman. This move, along with the other changes announced today, leaves the business with the right management structure to tackle its next phase of growth, in particular its exciting international expansion.”

Carl McPhail, chief executive added: “I am delighted to have been appointed the new chief executive of New Look. The business is currently extremely well placed as the UK’s leading fast fashion chain with a developing international presence. My challenge will be to build on this position of strength in the UK market, as well as further expand and broaden our international presence.”

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