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TK Maxx bolsters buying teams

Discount giant TJX Europe, the parent company of TK Maxx, has hired Etam managing director Pierre-Olivier Gaillard to head up its accessories division as part of a restructure of its head office buying team.

Gaillard has been appointed to the new role of vice president, general merchandise manager, accessories. He will report directly to TK Maxx UK and Republic of Ireland managing director Susanne Given.

Gaillard has also worked in senior buying positions at young fashion retailer New Look’s French chain Mim and at Marks & Spencer.

TJX Europe has also hired Jens Steininger as assistant vice president divisional merchandise manager, men’s formalwear. Steininger has worked at sportswear brand Puma, activewear brand Timberland, and Disney. He will be based in TJX Europe’s office in Düsseldorf and will report to Roger Bannister, general merchandise manager for menswear.

A spokeswoman for TJX Europe said the appointments supported its plans to grow the business by adding more than 500 stores across Europe to its 230 stores in the UK and RoI.
TK Maxx is also seeking replacements for divisional merchandise manager for womenswear Caroline Withey and divisional merchandise manager for menswear Gavin Rawlings, who left last week as part of an internal head office reshuffle.

TJX Europe has also hired Dan Hambury as vice president, legal. He was legal counsel for Coca-Cola in the UK and RoI.

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