Bonmarché Chief Executive Officer Beth Butterwick is to leave the British clothing retailer and take on the same role at Karen Millen; she will remain with Bonmarché until her replacement is found. In her time, she has spearheaded a transformation, led the business through an acquisition in 2012, the IPO on AIM in 2013 and through the company’s transition to the London Stock Exchange’s main market as one of the UK’s largest women’s value retailers.
Aidan Treacy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer as it builds its top team in a bid to pull off a turnaround. Treacy was formerly a Finance Director of dairy business Unigate. His appointment is the first to the BHS board since Retail Acquisitions from tycoon Sir Philip Green.
Treacy told the newspaper: “Joining the already strong entrepreneurial team at Retail Acquisitions, and working with the fantastic retailers leading BHS in its turnaround plan, is the most exciting opportunity in the UK for a turnaround specialist like me.”
BHS’s is engaged on a variety of initiatives in an attempt to turn around the famous retail name, which had struggled for several years.
Jeff Williams is Apple’s new Chief Operating Officer, the first to take the role since Tim Cook held that position before taking over from Steve Jobs. They have also realigned other positions with the organisation.
Yoox Net-a-Porter Group has appointed Vittorio Radice, Vice Chairman of Italian department store la Rinascente and was boss of Selfridges from 1996 until 2003, and Eva Chen, Global Head of Fashion partnerships at Instagram, as independent Directors of the company. The board now consists of 11 directors, seven of which are independent.
Sally McDonald has been appointed CEO of BIG W and will “lead the transformation of Wollworths’ General Merchandise division”, including BIG W and EziBuy, covering 190 stores and 22,000 team members. Former boss Alistair McGeorge resigned in August. She will start her new role in January and will report to Grant O’Brien, Woolworths CEO, who comments on her “demonstrated track record of successfully transforming retail companies through brand and category development and business simplification.”
Young fashion brand has appointed former Jack & Jones boss Nathan Loofe as international brand manager. Loofe joins from Danish fashion house Bestseller, where he was most recently UK Wholesale and Retail Country Manager for Jack & Jones Vintage and Premium by Jack & Jones. Rak Anand, Chief Executive of Bellfield, said Loofe will bring a “clear focus and strategy” to the brand’s international business.
Pets at Home Group
Graeme Jenkins is now Britain’s biggest pet supplies retailer’s Chief Financial Officer. He will become an executive director of the company and member of the Board, upon his commencement date, which will be announced in due course. Ian Kellett, the current Group CFO, will transition fully into the role of Chief Executive Officer of Retail (CEO of Retail) upon Jenkins’ appointment.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Former Nike retail executive Carrie Ask will be joining the company as Executive Vice President and President of Global Retail, effective February next year. She will report to Chip Bergh, President and Chief Executive Officer and will be “responsible for leading all aspects of [Levi Strauss & Co.’s] global retail business, including 2,700 owned and operated stores, franchise stores and outlet stores. She will be charged with growing [the company’s] retail business, an area that has been an important global growth driver for the company.”