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Top 100: 51. Joseph Wan

Chief executive, Harvey Nichols

Every year Joseph Wan edges up another few places on the Top 100, and this is testament to his approach at Harvey Nichols, which avoids the boom and bust other players experience. Wan’s strategy has recognised the world has changed since the collapse of the global financial sector and this paid off in 2012, with operating profits up 11%. The retailer has added more breadth to its ranges through introducing the likes of See by Chloé and McQ, and power brands like Chanel and Hermès to attract the all-important tourist shopper. A former accountant, Wan appointed former Grazia journalist Paula Reed as group fashion director, ramped up his digital team from seven to more than 30 and is developing an own label.

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