The roles will combine overall responsibility for buying and merchandising, with the heads of category reporting directly to chief executive Neil Gillis.
Merchandising director Seb Hobbs, who had responsibility across all categories, has become commercial director of the group, while group buying director Sue Herrick has left.
Gillis said that the new structure would help drive the business forward. “Before it took too long to get things to the market,” he said. “Clothing, equipment, and footwear and accessories will each have a category head that will be responsible for buying and merchandising, so will attract some top-level people.”
Blacks Leisure unveiled a new format for its Millets store in Croydon in Surrey last week. It follows the launch of a new Blacks shopfit on London’s Kensington High Street.