New Look’s group buying director for footwear and accessories Malcolm Collins has left the retailer after almost 16 years.
Drapers understands that Collins has left through mutual agreement, and he stepped back from the business last week.
There are no immediate plans to replace him as the business is understood to be looking at the structure of the team as a whole.
Group sourcing and menswear director Philip Walker and Carolyn MacKenzie, group merchandising director, will take on the day-to-day management until that is decided.
In an internal announcement seen by Drapers, Anders Kristiansen thanked Collins for his “fantastic contribution” to the company and for putting the New Look brand “firmly on the map”.
“Having a plan in place to put the footwear department back on track, Malcolm feels now is a good time to explore new opportunities,” added Kristiansen.
Collins joined New Look in July 1997 and has covered roles including director for footwear and accessories. Before joining the fast fashion chain he worked as a branded range builder at International Shoe Agencies (ISA).
New Look declined to comment on Collins’ departure.