Important Professional Moves of the Week!

Endaba Group

Harrods

Michael Ward, who has led the world-famous retailer for the past 10 years as Managing Director, is stepping down this summer. It is unknown whether a successor has already been found. He is also Chairman of luxury brands organisation Walpole.

Moss Bros

Moss Bros have recently appointed a Customer Director, Debbie Bond, former BSkyB Director. Bond has worked with a variety of retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and River Island, took up the role today. She will report into Chief Operating Officer Paula Minowa. Her hire is the latest in a number of appointments, which has been bolstering its management team.

Mulberry

Neil James Ritchie has been named Group Finance Director of Mulberry, succeed Roger Mather, who is departing at the end of June. Ritchie spent the past 14 years with Dyson, where he was most recently Global Commercial Finance Director.

Yeezy

Kanye West’s clothing and footwear brand Yeezy has announced that Pete Fox is it’s President. Fox was previously at American Motocross label Fox Head Inc, where he was CEO for 5 years.

American Eagle

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Mary Boland, is retiring in April. Scott Hurd, the Chief Accounting Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the finance team and in the meantime, assume the role of interim Chief Financial Officer.

Donna Karen

Chief Image Officer at DKI, Hector Muelas, has resigned after less than a year in his role. He joined DKI in May 2015. No replacement has been announced.

Spar

Jackie Mackenzie, former Morrisons Director of Category Development, has been appointed new Chief Information Officer for Spar. She will be responsible for many areas, including financial accounts, management information, supply chain and technology operations. The retailer announced Richard Hill’s retirement from his role as Finance Director and will instead take on the role of Finance Controller.

Kingfisher

Two senior directors have left the DIY giant, spurring a restructure for the top team. Guy Colleau, Operations Director for ‘big box’, which holds the B&Q, Castorama and Koçtaş brands, and Alain Souillard, Operations Director for ‘medium box’, have left their roles. They were both integral to Kingfisher’s new structure, which Chief Executive Véronique Laury revealed two years ago, and were two out of three new Operations Directors that reported directly into Laury under this new structure. Kingfisher is now rethinking; both Colleau and Souillard’s roles will be combined into one and the Chiefs of the operating companies, such as B&Q and Castorama, will report into them.

Steve Willett, the third Operations Director alongside and Souillard, will remain the Operations Director for omnichannel, with the CEO of Screwfix reporting into him.

These departures come after Homebase’s entire executive team ahs been cleared out by new owners Wesfarmers.

Toms

Helen Thompson has been appointed the role of Managing Director of EMEA. She was previously EMEA General Manager for Danish footwear manufacturer ECCO and worked at Clarks, so Toms will benefit from her footwear expertise.

Wyevale

Roger Mclaughlan has been named Chief Executive of Wyevale Garden Centres. He was formerly the Chief for Toys R Us UK and left last October. This follows reports last month that Wyevale’s private equity owner Terra Firma is mulling a sale of the business. Mclaughlan is taking over from Kevin Bradshaw, who will remain with the business over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition.

Luxottica

80-year old founder, Leonardo Del Vecchio, who has a 66.5% stake in the eyewear maker, is saying he will give up his executive role in a few years. He returned to the company after the exit of three CEOs in quick succession. His plan is to return to his pervious role of non-executive Chairman and Shareholder, wishing to hand over to internal managers backed by a strong and independent board of directors.

Lanvin

Bouchra Jarrar has been named Artistic Director of Women’s Collections at Lanvin, starting today. She is expected to reveal her first collection this fall for the SS17 season. She is replacing Alber Elbaz, who departed last October after a 14-year tenure.