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Exclusive: James Hart to leave Asos

Asos director James Hart has resigned after 14 years at the etailer.

When Asos launched in 2000, Hart was the business’s first employee alongside founder Nick Robertson and business partner Quentin Griffiths.

He is now on a six-month notice period, with the executive team being told of his departure last week. It is unclear whether Hart will be replaced.

Speaking exclusively to Drapers, Hart said he had no fixed plans for his next step, although emphasised his passion for working closely with consumers.

“I like to make a difference to the customer and I am going to look at opportunities where I can work closely with them – whether that’s working in a start-up environment or starting something on my own, I’m quite relaxed about it.”

Hart, who has worked for Asos chief executive Nick Robertson since graduating in 1996, added: “It’s been an amazing time but I have something else within me – I don’t know what that is yet and I’m genuinely open to consider anything and I’m leaving with enough time in my career to start something new.

“I feel like I have achieved something that I am immensely proud of and I have a great team that can carry forward that strategy.”

This month Asos bolstered its management team by appointing Amazon finance boss Shaun McCabe as well as announcing three internal director promotions across its retail department.

Maria Hollins was promoted to retail director after joining the organisation two years ago as trading director, and Stefan Pesticcio and Nick Loveday were both promoted to retail director menswear and retail director womenswear respectively.

In July, Asos executive director of product and trading Kate Bostock resigned after just seven months at the business.

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