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N Brown announces appointment of three senior executives

N Brown Group plc has announced that Adam Warne, Alyson Fadil and Phil Barnes will be joining the company as Chief Information Officer, Chief People Officer and Director of Supply Chain respectively. The company said, Barnes will start this month, while Warne and Fadil beginning in April. Warne and Fadil, the company added, will report directly into the company’s CEO, Angela Spindler. Warne will lead technology innovation and the enhancement of IT services across the group, while Fadil will lead the people team.

Commenting on the new positions, CEO Angela Spindler said in a statement: “I am delighted to be strengthening our senior team with these new appointments. They join us at an exciting time as we continue to develop our capability. Their expertise will help us accelerate our transformation to a global online retailer and ensure N Brown remains a great place to work.”

Warne, the company further said, has spent the last nine years in the technology team at AO.com. He has been in the role of group IT director for the last three and a half years. Prior to this, he developed his architecture, programme and IT service skills with roles at Skipton Building Society and EDS. Fadil, the company added, has spent the last 20 years building culture, people policy and talent in retail businesses. She joins N Brown from Missguided, prior to which she held senior posts at Sofology and Selfridges.

Barnes will be reporting into Ralph Tucker, Chief Product and Supply Officer, and will lead the team to further advance the company’s customer service proposition. Barnes has a strong supply chain background joining from SIG plc where he was responsible for delivering their transformation programme across Europe.

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Roger Davies to join John Lewis as Group Procurement Director

The John Lewis Partnership has announced the appointment of Roger Davies as the Group Procurement Director. The company said, he will be taking up the new position this summer.

Commenting on the new appointment, Patrick Lewis, Group Finance Director of the John Lewis Partnership, said in a media statement: “Roger joins us with a wealth of knowledge in both retail and procurement, and I look forward to working with him to grow the value procurement can offer the Partnership.”

The company said in a statement that Davies joins the business from Marks & Spencer, where he has worked for eight years and currently serves as the group head of procurement. Before M&S, he worked at British Airways in a variety of leadership roles including property, IT and services procurement. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and a member of the leadership committee for the fellows.

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House of Fraser promotes two senior executives

As a part of the company's transformation plan, House of Fraser has confirmed that its Chief Executive Alex Williamson has made two more leadership changes to the executive committee. Gary Slattery, currently retail director, will take on a new role as Executive Director, Retail and Gary Monk, currently transformation director, will become Executive Director, Operations. Both the executives will report directly to Williamson.

Commenting on the development, a House of Fraser spokesperson said in a statement: “We are delighted to announce the promotion of Gary Slattery and Gary Monk to the executive committee. Both are already delivering key elements of House of Fraser’s transformation and these new roles give them the ability move at pace to ensure the critical delivery of the major programmes underway across the business.”

The company added that in these new positions, Slattery’s role will focus on developing the customer experience in stores; and Monk’s role will encompass both business technology and supply chain.

As a result of these changes, the company further said, Peter Gross, chief operating officer, and Julian Burnett, chief information officer, will be leaving the business.

House of Fraser recently also announced the appointment of Simon Pickering to the newly expanded role of Buying and Merchandising Director for apparel and accessories within the company.

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Department store Liberty London has announced the appointment of Adil Mehboob-Khan its new Chief Executive Officer, reports Business of Style. Mehboob-Khan joins Liberty from Luxottica, where he also served as chief executive officer for two year.

Earlier Mehboob-Khan worked at FMCG company Proctor & Gamble for six years before joining the hair products group Wella as its chief executive in 2010.

At Liberty, Mehboob-Khan steps into the CEO’s position after the company’s managing director Ed Burstell left in October 2016. Though Janine Constanin-Russell joined the company as General Manager in September 2016 from Whistles, the company didn’t have a specific head, states Style Network.

Chinese luxury online platform Secoo has named Giulia Costantini as its new managing director of Europe to support its expansion in the region.

Costantini, who has been with Secoo since August 2017, will be responsible for all aspects of Secoo's operations in Europe, including the development of brand awareness, forming new partnerships with leading luxury brands and high-end retailers, and supporting the platform’s growth strategy.

In her new role, Costantini will report directly to chief operating officer Eric Chan.

Chan said: “As we write the next chapter in Secoo, we continue to add exceptionally strong leaders with the vision, passion and talent to grow our company. Giulia brings a fresh perspective and wealth of experience to Secoo. We are thrilled to welcome her into our leadership as our evolution continues.”

Prior to joining Secoo, Costantini was global head of branding, advertising and loyalty at Sotheby’s, and held senior positions at Polo Ralph Lauren, Goyard, Rocco Forte Hotels, and Philips.

In addition, Secoo also announced the appointment of Jeff Zhaoxian Lin as a member of its board of directors, with immediate effect, following the departure of Cindy Jia Guo will is stepping down from the board after five years.

Marc Jacobs just recently made a key change in their staff. The LVMH-owned fashion label just announced the brand's newest creative vision director as John Targon.

Targon joins the iconic fashion house after working as a co-founder and creative director for Baja East. He will start his role effectively on Friday, February 2 with no official role title. According to Business of Style, LVMH confirmed that he will join the company but has not disclosed his actual position. “We are happy to welcome John to our design team,” a spokesperson told the publication.

Targon also has previous work experience at luxury brands such as Burberry and Celine. He worked as director of wholesale for menswear for Burberry in 2012 and as national sales director for Celine starting 2009. He also worked as sales manager for Conde Nast before moving forward in the fashion industry to higher-end brands. At Marc Jacobs, it'll be interesting to see the direction that Targon chooses for the label's newest revamp.

Luciano Benetton named Executive Chairman of Benetton Group

Benetton Group S.R.L. has announced that following board of directors' Monday meeting, Luciano Benetton has been appointed as the company’s Executive Chairman.

After handing over his responsibilities to the founder, the company added, Francesco Gori, Benetton Group’s Chairman since May 2016, will remain a director on the board and will soon be taking up a new position in another Edizione S.R.L.-controlled company.

Luciano Benetton, 82-year old founder of the Benetton Group had recently announced his comeback to the label to infuse life into the troubled clothing brand. “It’s an intolerable pain for me. That’s why I am stepping in again, together with my sister Giuliana, who has returned to making sweaters at the age of 80,” he told in an interview to La Repubblica, expressing his desire to revive the brand’s lost glory.

Picture:Luciano Benetton via Benetton website

Pure London appoints content editor

Trade show Pure London has named Nelly Gergi as content editor to drive digital communications for the event, as well as to deliver key industry insights and intelligence to customers throughout the year.

Gergi, who joins from AllSaints, will oversee all aspects of content creation across the Pure London, including the newly launched sourcing and manufacturing section, Pure Origin, as well as the recently expanded educational content programme, for which she will curate seminar programmes across the Main, Future and Origin Stages.

Julie Driscoll, managing director at Pure London, said: “Having joined us from All Saints, where she worked as e-commerce copywriter and previously working at WGSN as a Denim Specialist, Nelly, who is also a BA (Hons) Style Journalism graduate from the London College of Style, will add a wealth of fashion experience to the Pure London team. We are delighted to welcome her.”

The next edition of Pure London will take place from February 11-13 at London Olympia and will feature more than 700 brands from 48 countries. The trade show is expected to attract more than 10,000 UK and international visitors.

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House of Fraser has confirmed the appointment of Simon Pickering to the newly expanded role of Buying and Merchandising Director for apparel and accessories within the company. The company said, he would be joining the business on February 12, 2018.

The company added that Pickering will take on buying and merchandising for apparel and accessories, across House of Fraser’s house brands, own bought and concessions. He will also be responsible for product quality and will report to Maria Hollins, Executive Director of product and trading.

Commenting on the new appointment, Hollins said in a statement: “I am pleased to welcome Simon to the House of Fraser team. He has a wealth of experience in the retail and digital space, which will be invaluable as we continue to transform our business at pace.”

Pickering brings over 25 years’ experience in the retail industry and joins House of Fraser from Reiss where he was chief digital officer. He previously held director roles leading the buying, merchandising and design functions across a number of retailers including Fat Face, Arcadia Group, Debenhams and Gap.

Erin Stern named President of Dressbarn

Ascena Retail Group has announced that Erin Stern has been promoted to President of Dressbarn.

“Erin brings extraordinary strategic, branding and merchandising capabilities that will complement our current leadership team,” said Gary Muto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascena Brands in a statement, adding, “I’ve known Erin from our work together at Ascena, but also when our career paths crossed at Gap Inc. She is an extremely talented leader with a passion for product, brand and our customer.”

Stern, the company said, spent the majority of her career at Gap Inc. where she held senior leadership roles across multiple product categories. She was also the chief merchant for Juicy Couture and president of Bebe Sport. Prior to naming her as President of Dressbarn, Stern served as EVP-chief merchandising officer for Maurices.

“I’m excited to work alongside this talented team. The combination of this brand’s strong history, combined with its niche in the market, make us uniquely positioned to play a more meaningful role in our customer’s lives,” added Stern.

Picture:Dressbarn website