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44 Ben Lewis ***New***

Chief executive, River Island

A new entry into the Power List, after taking over from Richard Bradbury in the middle of last year, Ben Lewis has had to contend with a crisis in confidence among younger shoppers, leading to a 16% tumble in River Island’s profits. He has, however, ploughed on, unveiling impressive new shopfits in Swindon and Westfield Stratford City, and launching international shipping to more than 100 countries. A staunch supporter of Drapers’ Save Our Skills campaign, Lewis launched ‘Made in Britain’ labelling throughout the retailer’s collections.

What he says… The high street must take responsibility and “keep production lines flowing” at UK factories.

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