Important professional moves of the week!

Endaba Group

House of Fraser

Dr Dorothy Maxwell has been named Head of Sustainability, a new role at the British department store. She will be responsible for enhancing the retailer’s corporate sustainability commitments and values and ensuring that they are embedded into the business strategy and operations.

Pets at Home

CEO, Nick Woods, is resigning to spend time with family after four years with Britain’s largest pet supplies retailer. Ian Kellett, who currently leads Pets at Home’s retail division and has also held the role of Finance Director, will take over as CEO April 4th. Wood will remain with the retailer until July as an advisor to ensure a smooth transition.

French Connection

Lee Williams and Christos Angelides have been named Group Finance Director and Independent Non-Executive Director respectively. Williams is currently the Director of Finance for ASOS, and will fill the vacant position at French Connection April 4th. Angelides spent the majority of his career at Next in a number of senior management roles, with the last 14 years on the main board as Group Product Director. He was most recently President of Abercrombie & Fitch and Abercrombie Kids in the US.


Christopher North, Managing Director UK for Amazon, is joining the leading manufacturer and digital retailer as their new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective the end of May this year. He will also be appointed to the board of directors. Phil Marineau, interim Chief Executive Officer, will continue to lead Shutterfly until North joins.


Gant has announced four key players to join its global headquarters. Brian Grevy is to join the retailer as Chief Marketing Officer, Patrik Söderström as Global Sales Director, Matthew Wood as Creative Director and Gunnar Hedendah as Business Unit Director. Both Söderström and Grevy will report directly to Gant’s CEO and will play a strong role in company’s global management team. They all have impressive track records and are known as outstanding leaders.


David Walker-Smith is resigned as Managing Director. He joined three years ago to realign their Bond Street store. The department store retailer has not yet confirmed a replacement,

French Connection

Lee Williams will take up the role of Group Finance Director, left vacant by Adam Castleton in July 2015. He was previously the Director of Finance for Asos and has an extensive background in commercial and financial retail. He is joining the retailer in April. Christos Angelides has also been named an Independent Non-Executive Director, with immediate effect.

Mr Porter

Fiona Firth has been named Buying Director and Andrew Barker Editorial Director at Mr Porter. Firth takes up her new role in April, overseeing the buying and merchandising teams. She is currently menswear Buying Director at River Island. She will report to managing director Toby Bateman. Barker begings his position in May and will oversee the brand’s editorial, including the online weekly magazine, The Journal, and The Mr Porter Post. Barker has replaced Jodie Harrison who has left the company to join Soho House Group.

Michael Ward, Managing Director, is stepping down from his role in July. His successor has not yet been named. He has been instrumental in attracting and accommodating customers to the department store from China, the Middle East and Africa. Earlier this year, Ward was named chairman of Walpole.

David Fisher is leaving his position as Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of men’s and Young World at Bloomingdale’s, after 33 years at the retailer. His departure is part of parent company Macy’s Inc. plan to offer buyouts to some of its veteran employees.

New Look

Chief Financial Officer Mike Iddon is stepping down from the business after less than two years. It is unclear whether Iddon has another role lined up. He left his role as Tesco’s UK Finance Director to join New Look. New Look’s marketing Director, Gil Moore, also left the business in December and 4.5 years with the group. Having confirmed their departures, a New Look spokesman declined to comment further.