Value retailer QS has appointed a new senior management team, which includes former Moss Bros trading director David Pidgeon, to drive its ambitious growth plans.
The installation of the new team comes as part of a business review, which kicked off after the company received major investment from Indian textile manufacturing firm Alok Group in December last year.
Pidgeon will take up the role of trading director in April, replacing former buying and merchandising director Jane Hotz, who left the business two weeks ago. His remit will include revitalising the chain's product offer, after its chief executive Findlay Caldwell said the investment from Alok would be used to strengthen the retailer's sourcing capabilities, including new offices in India and China, as well as doubling its store portfolio to 400.
Former retail operations director Peter Leach has been replaced by consultant Steve Gipson, who will take on the role on an interim basis, while ex-commercial director Michael Fontaine has been replaced by Anupam Jhunjhunwala, who was previously at investment agency Think London.
Caldwell told Drapers: "The additional funding we've received under new ownership means we can improve the business, including product areas, the shopping experience - with store refits - and better customer service."
A new store concept, which was trialled in Solihull, West Midlands, and Tunbridge Wells in Kent, is to be rolled out in the first quarter of this year and completed within three years.
QS Group was rescued from administration in February last year after it sold 134 stores.