Primark’s chief executive Paul Marchant was named outstanding leader of the year, and the value retailer also scooped the retail transformation and reinvention prize at the World Retail Awards gala dinner in Rome last night.
Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, which delivered the world’s largest IPO last year, was named the retailer of the year. The judges praised the company for its constant innovation across all operations and the way the group has changed the face of consumer behaviour in China.
Marks & Spencer’s “For Every Milestone” advertising campaign was voted the best campaign of the year, while Missguided founder Nitin Passi won young entrepreneur of the year.
China’s JD.com was voted ecommerce retailer of the year and London toy shop Hamley’s won store design of the year for its new store in Moscow.
The jury included former Home Retail Group chief executive Terry Duddy, Hema chairman Andrew Jennings and Sir Ian Cheshire, former chief executive of Kingfisher.