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Exclusive: David Walker-Smith to run Fenwick store

Selfridges buying director David Walker-Smith is leaving the business to join family-owned department store chain Fenwick.

Walker-Smith, who had been buying director for menswear, beauty, home and leisure at Selfridges for nearly two years, will join Fenwick in the new year as managing director of its flagship fashion store on Bond Street.

The store’s previous managing director Jill Strieder died in July following a short illness. She had been in the role for 13 years.

Fenwick chairman Mark Fenwick said: “We are looking forward to working with David. He brings a wealth of experience and a vision for the future.”

Walker-Smith said he was “excited about the journey ahead”.

No one from Selfridges was available to comment on his departure.

Fenwick’s Bond Street branch is one of the department store’s oldest, having opened in 1891. The group owns 11 stores in total, including two Bentalls stores, which it bought in 2001, and Williams & Griffin in Colchester, which it acquired in 2007.

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