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Republic appoints Guy Critchlow as COO

Young fashion chain Republic has named former Kookai managing director and Marks & Spencer executive Guy Critchlow as chief operating officer.

The move comes just weeks after Andy Bond was appointed as chairman of the retailer.

Critchlow will report to chief executive Tim Whitworth with immediate effect, overseeing all business operations including stores, merchandising, property, logistics and supply chain.

Whitworth said: “We are delighted that Guy has joined the growing team of talent at Republic. His invaluable experience, flair for retail and passion for product will be essential in driving the next chapter of the Republic story for our customer.”

Republic, which sells brands including Diesel and Firetrap, reported sales in excess of £225m in 2010.

Critchlow worked at Marks & Spencer during the 1990s, working in merchandising, buying and strategic planning roles. He was most recently managing director of Kookai UK - a position he held until February 2009.

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