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Former Hobbs chief executive Nick Samuel dies

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.

Readers' comments (3)

  • This is incredibly tragic news. Nick was always the life and soul of any industry event and great fun to be around.

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  • I only met Nick on a few occasions, but he was always a pleasure to work with. He was true gentleman, with impeccable manners, In our performance driven world, it is sad to lose somebody like Nick, who not only performed but more importantly was a perfect gentleman!
    Deepest sympathy,

    Roger Wade, Director, Brands Incorporated

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  • Nick was an absolute delight to work with a thorough professional and someone I valued as a good friend in this business.I am very saddened to hear of his passing and extend my condolences to his family.

    David Elliott MD Voisins Jersey

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