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Women’s buying director exits Office

Jane Drysdale, women’s buying director at footwear retailer Office, has left the business.

Drysdale, who had been with the high street chain since January 2000, departed last week. It is unclear what her next move will be.

Chief executive Brian McCluskey told Drapers that no direct replacement would be recruited to fill her role.

Instead, Ghassan Hodeib, who was men’s buying director, has assumed responsibility for women’s buying with immediate effect.

“We will have a single buying director in the form of Ghassan and he will oversee both sides of the business,” said McCluskey.

Drysdale is the second big name to leave Office’s women’s buying team this year.

In August, head of women’s branded buying Helen Povey left to join rival high street footwear chain Schuh as senior women’s footwear buyer.

In its most recent set of full-year results – which run to January 30, 2011 – Office reported a 13.5% increase in turnover to £165m and a 27% increase in EBITDA to £23.5m.

Earlier this year, the retailer invested £1m in a revamp of its website.

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