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White Stuff makes raft of new appointments

White Stuff has made a raft of managerial appointments with Moss Bros chairman Debbie Hewitt and House of Fraser director of merchandising Jo Penny joining the team.

Hewitt, former chief executive officer of motoring company the RAC, has been named as chairman after Vince Gwilliam decided to step down from the role to take on a senior non-executive director role. Hewitt also holds director roles including chairman of Moss Bros and non-executive director of car dealer HR Owen and housebuilding company Redrow.

Penny, former House of Fraser director of merchandising for 14 years, joined White Stuff last week as merchandising director.

Former House of Fraser director of buying for accessories and lingerie Antonia Long has also been appointed as buying and design director. She has previously held roles including buying director at Coast, senior buyer at Oasis and buyer at Next. Long will join the lifestyle retailer at the end of May.

Long replaces Katie Grassby who has decided to step back after 17 years in the role to spend more time at home. She will instead work as style director on a part-time basis.

Former La Senza interim chief executive Nick Mather has been appointed as chief financial officer. His responsibilities include finance, IT, property, supply chain and logistics. He has previously held group finance director roles at both French Connection and Liberty.

Finance director Richard Steele is set to leave the retailer at the end of June. He has been with the company since March 2007 but has decided to spend some time with his young family before exploring other opportunities.

Ian McMillan has been appointed as IT director, joining White Stuff from business consultancy the Change Management Group. In the newlycreated position McMillan will be responsible for IT and will help drive process change management within the business.

Chief executive officer Sally Bailey said new staff would assist the company on its “next stage of growth”.

The retailer will continue with plans to open at least six new stores in its next financial year.

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