Mark Maidment, Chief Executive and Creative Director for the retailer, who has been with Ben Sherman for 13 years, taking over as Chief Executive in April 2013, has left the business. Marquee Brands bought the business for £41M on July 20th this year. They thanked Maidment for his leadership and contribution in reinvigorating the brand. Mark’s approach to the brand has truly honed and defined the brands inherent DNA and heritage. Simon Smith, who was announced last week as Chief Restructuring Officer, will act as interim Chief Executive.
Who will they assign the role of Chief Executive? Have they started their search?
Mark Williams, who is currently Design Director, has been promoted to Creative Director. We coached Mark during his time at Ben Sherman. It’s a pleasure to see his continuing growth through the company. Here’s what Mark said of Lynette, our CEO and Founder and Endaba: “Working with Lynette at Endaba has given me a new skill set and range of abilities that I would never have discovered without her help. She has been a source of inspiration and encouragement with her straight talking approach; I have found the clarity and confidence that I can achieve anything I set out to do.” We will continue to watch out for his next move and the direction he takes Ben Sherman in his new role.