New Look has implemented a massive overhaul of its buying, merchandising and design teams following the promotion of Carl McPhail to chief executive and Paul Marchant to chief operating officer.
Marchant, the former director of buying, merchandising and design, has added marketing and supply chain to his buying responsibilities. This has led to a shake up of the buying, merchandising and design team to free up some of Marchant’s time.
New Look veteran Roger Wightman, the former buying and merchandising director of women’s clothing, has been promoted to group buying director, and Carolyn MacKenzie has been promoted to head up group merchandising.
Barbara Horspool has been promoted from trend director to group design director, while head of menswear Steve Lawton will add kidswear and tween sub-brand 915 to his menswear remit. New recruit Jane Eskeritt will head women’s clothing and Malcolm Collins will become buying director of footwear and accessories. All will report in to Wightman.
Meanwhile, former chief executive Phil Wrigley has stepped up to executive chairman and will focus on international expansion, while McPhail takes over the day-to-day running of the business.