Arcadia has kicked off the hunt for a new managing director for Topman, following the promotion of David Shepherd in April.
Drapers understands the Sir Philip Green-owned business has approached some of the industry’s biggest names in menswear in a bid to fill one of the highest-profile roles in the sector.
Arcadia had not confirmed at the time of Shepherd’s promotion to Arcadia chief operating officer for trading whether he would be replaced, but some potential candidates have now been approached, although no appointment is imminent.
It is understood the managing director will report into Green.
Green said: “The plan is at some point to find somebody permanent to fill that role but finding the right people takes time, so when we find the right person we will make an appointment.”
Shepherd, who joined Arcadia almost 18 years ago as a Saturday boy, was also appointed to the board in April.
Meanwhile, Topman is tapping into the demand for tailoring by creating a premium suiting line. The six-piece range will launch at the end of September and be extended in time for Christmas.