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Phase Eight appoints first chief executive in five years

Phase Eight has appointed its first chief executive and managing director in five years, by promoting two existing senior members of staff.

Commercial director Ben Barnett has been promoted to chief executive and chief operating officer Lee Harlow to managing director.

It is thought the last time Phase Eight had people in either position was November 2008, when chief executive Simon Rider left the business.

During the intervening years chairman Michael Rahamim has spearheaded the womenswear retailer, including overseeing an MBO in 2010, buying it out from Icelandic bank Kaupthing Capital Partners.

However, the company said its new management structure would enable the team to dedicate more time to international expansion as well as continuing to develop the chain’s domestic footprint.

Barnett joined Phase Eight in 2007 as a non-executive director and was appointed as commercial director in 2013. Harlow joined in 2000 as merchandise director before taking on the role of chief operating officer in 2011.

Rahamim said: “I’ve worked with Ben and Lee for a long time and have been very impressed by their vision for the business. I look forward to working with them to further develop the Phase Eight business and brand.”

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