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Pan Philippou to head up Ben Sherman

Pan Philippou, the former chief executive of World Design & Trade (WDT), will become chief executive of Ben Sherman in January when Miles Gray retires.

Current chief executive Gray will become non-executive chairman and will also take an advisory role with Ben Sherman’s holding company, Oxford Industries.

Philippou left WDT - the company behind young fashion brands Firetrap, Fullcircle and Sonneti - in September as revealed by Drapers in August.

Prior to heading up WDT, Philippou was the managing director of Diesel UK from its launch in 2003. He then transferred to run the North American region as chief executive. 

In both the UK and US Philippou also ran the brands under the umbrella of Diesel sister company Staff International, which include Maison Martin Margiela, DSquared, Emanuel Ungaro and New York Industries.

Gray said: “Ben Sherman’s successes have been the highlight of my career.  I have had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team in both the parent group, Oxford Industries and within Ben Sherman.  I have no doubt that Ben Sherman will continue to develop successfully under the guidance of Pan Philippou as he takes on the role of group chief executive at such an exciting time for the brand.”

Philippou said: “I am obviously delighted to be taking on this new role.  I am really looking forward to taking up the challenge of continuing the great work that Miles and his team have achieved for the Ben Sherman business.  My focus will be to continue the journey of the brand and support its growth, repositioning and success.”

During Gray’s 12 years at Ben Sherman the company has progressed from a men’s shirt brand, distributed solely in Great Britain, to a full lifestyle collection with distribution in own-label and other leading stores in over 40 countries.

Ben Sherman is now distributed worldwide and has its own stores in major cities in the UK, USA, Germany, Australia, South Africa and the Far East. In 2000, Gray led a management buy-in with the Ben Sherman management team and acquired a 20% stake in the business, with venture capitalists 3i and Enterprise Equity Ltd retaining the balance of the equity.

In 2004, the company was sold to Oxford Industries.

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