Nick Samuel, former chief executive of womenswear retailer Hobbs, has died aged 58 after a short battle with cancer.
Samuel, who was at the helm of Hobbs between 2002 and 2008, remained on the board until last year.
He was formerly finance director of womenswear chain Karen Millen and also sat on the board of a number of retailers including etailer Adili, which now trades as Ascension, sportswear retailer Blacks and cashmere specialist N Peal as a non-executive director.
Hobbs chief executive Nicky Dulieu said: “Nick was the driving force behind taking Hobbs from a relatively small family-run business in 2002 to the international brand that it is today.
“He inspired many, not only through his passion for retail but also his more personal achievements, running many marathons in aid of the Retail Trust amongst other charities.
“All of us at Hobbs are devastated by the sad news of his passing, however we feel privileged that we had the pleasure of both knowing and working with Nick.
“Our thoughts are with his wife Helen and his family at this sad time.”
Samuel was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.