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Top 100: 43. Alan White

Outgoing chief executive, N Brown

The N Brown group created controversy this year with its decision to recruit plus-size staff in its Simply Be stores to help advise customers. Despite pre-tax profit slipping in the first half, the retailer saw an uplift in sales in the 26 weeks to September 1, which it attributed to double-digit growth from its younger brands such as Jacamo and Simply Be. Lingerie fascia Figleaves went into the black for the first time in its 14-year history in July. After chairman and major shareholder Lord Alliance stepped down, White was quick to deny the business is going up for sale, although he did announce he is leaving the home shopping group in the second half of 2013.

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