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The Dune Group appoints new international director

The Dune Group, the footwear business which comprises the Dune chain and former Shoe Studio brands including Pied a Terre and Bertie, has appointed a new international director.

Mohamediqbal Yacoobali was previously general manager at the Landmark Group, operating over 90 Shoe Mart stores and managing franchises for companies such as Kurt Geiger and Steve Madden across the Middle East.

He starts his new role at The Dune Group today (May 9), taking over from previous international director Andrew Horton who left the business six months ago, and has been tasked with building the retailer into a “major global” player.

Chief executive John Egan said Yacoobali’s appointment “confirms our ambitious international growth plans to build Dune into a major global brand”.

Last month the Dune Group opened its fifth store in Russia, in the Mega Mall in Kazan, 500 miles east of Moscow. The group has 23 international standalone stores and two international concessions in Prague and Bratislava.

The other shoe studio brands are not sold internationally but a spokesman from The Dune Group said: “We are actively looking to export both Bertie and Pied a Terre and believe opportunities exist within international markets.  The Dune Group is looking to expand the brands within e-commerce and fashion department groups together with reviewing the potential of solus stand-alone stores.”

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