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Top 100: 12. David Shepherd

Chief operating officer for trading, Arcadia Group

Promoted this year from his role as Topman boss to a group role as Sir Philip Green’s third in command, David Shepherd would probably have been happy with just that in 2012. But, as he continued to run the Topman brand until a replacement is found, the menswear business was Arcadia’s best performer this year. Known in the trade as one of retail fashion’s good guys, Shepherd has risen steadily through the ranks from a Saturday boy to one of the key positions in the industry, and there are not many who would begrudge him this rise to such prominence. Product-focused, with a keen eye for his customers’ needs, he can take credit for making Topman what it is today, yet still finds time to take an active role in trade charity the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust, where he sits on the board.

This year’s high… A truly inspiring speech at the Drapers Next Generation Academy.


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