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TM Lewin hires former N Brown CEO as non-executive chairman

TM Lewin has appointed former N Brown and JD Williams chief executive Alan White as its non-executive chairman, replacing Tony Campbell who quit ahead of a management buyout in August.

White, who spent 25 years at the internet and home shopping group, will be tasked with leading the British shirt and suit retailer’s multichannel expansion.

It comes after Campbell and two other senior executives, creative director John Francomb and ecommerce director Andrew Mossman, left the firm in July. News of the departures emerged when two of its in-house press officers also quit this month.

TM Lewin chief executive Geoff Quinn said: “[White’s] wide-ranging retail, ecommerce and operational expertise means he is ideally positioned to help drive forward the company’s next phase of growth and in particular our multichannel and online expansion plans.” 

White was finance director of N Brown between 1985 and 1999, before becoming chief executive of  the business and its plus-size womenswear brand JD Williams between 2002 and 2013.

In between he was also a non-executive director of sportswear retailer JD Sports between 1995 and 2000, and group finance director of Littlewoods between 1999 and 2002. 

In addition to his role at TM Lewin, White is also chairman of footwear brand Hotter and an investor in global online shopping marketplace

TM Lewin, which has around 95 owned stores and a further 90 franchises globally, made a £636,000 pre-tax profit in the year to March 1, 2014, following losses of £1.4m the year before. Sales rose to £106.8m from £106.7m in 2013.

The management team completed a buyout in July this year, securing the remaining 20% stake from investment firm Caird Capital. Quinn already owned 30% of the business and the rest of the management owned 50% following an initial MBO in May 2006.

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  • Please stop the crazy discounting on Jermyn Street it undervalues not only the Brand but the Street finally causing havoc to all around!

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