Important professional moves of the week

Endaba Group


Morrison’s has appointed Greene King Chief Executive Rooney Anand as a Non-Executive Director. He will join the grocer from January 1st, where he will be their senior independent director. Anand is said to complete the process of Morrison’s brand renewal and rebuild.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Roopal Patel joined Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday 8th December as their Fashion Director; his appointment was announced back in September. This is the first time in 11 years that the retailer has had such a director.

J. Lindeberg

Johan Lindeberg is returning to his Swedish label J. Lindeberg as a creative consultant eight years after leaving the company. Previously he was the Creative Director until 2007, where he left to join William Rast as the Creative Director. His move back to the label follows a strong period of growth.


Sabina Belli has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Pomellato Group, which French luxury goods company Kering owns a majority stake in. Belli joined Kering in April as General Manager of the brand. She is replacing Andrea Morante, who is leaving the company at the end of the year, and will report to Albert Bensoussan, Chief Executive of Kering’s Luxury Watches & Jewellery Division.

Richard Johnson is joining in January 2016 as Commercial Director. He will oversee their buying and merchandising team of over 40. He was most recently Vice President of the Al Tayer Group, where he was responsible for both menswear and womenswear at Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales Dubai.

Nicholas Kirkwood

Kate Brindley joined the brand December 14th as PR and Communications Director, succeeding Aiden Aldred, who is leaving after 18 months to pursue freelance and consulting projects. Brindley was previously at Louis Vuitton, where she worked as a project manager on the Series 3 exhibition in London for 6 months. She was also Head of Press and Marketing for almost 7 years at Liberty before that.


Tesco saw two moves last week. Their UK and Ireland HR Director Judith Nelson has resigned from the retailer after 22 years. She will be replaced by Business Support Director Natasha Adams. Jill Easterbrook is leaving the supermarket giant less than a year into her role as Business Transformation Director. She has been with Tesco for 15 years in various roles and is leaving early next year. Her next move is not yet known and she will not be directly replaced in Tesco, as the bosses believe she has completed the necessary work.


Ewan McMahon, ex Chief Operatg Officer for Tesco’s Turkish business, has taken a role at DIY retailer Homebase, replacing Graham Heald, who left in August following a shake-up by new Managing Director Echo Lu. Lu is a former Tesco executive herself and is planning to transform the business amidst the difficult market conditions for DIY retailers.


Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has appointed two Managing Directors for its German and French arms as its continues its expansion in Europe. Terry von Bibra, formerly Chief Retail Officer of Omnichannel at Karstadt, is joining Alibaba in the newly-created role of Managing Director for Alibaba Group Germany, whilst Sébastien Badault, formerly Global Account Director at Google, is the Managing Director for Alibaba Group France. Following their appointment of Amee Chandeas Managing Director for the UK, Europe is becoming a top priority to them. They are looking for office spaces in Munich and Paris and a Managing Director to run its Italian operations.