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Jack Wills consults on buying team as Emma Alexander exits

Jack Wills is holding redundancy consultations among its buying team this week, Drapers has learned.

The brand is in the process of reviewing five buying roles. It is not clear how senior these positions are. 

The news comes as it emerges that chief product officer Emma Alexander quietly left the brand last month.

Alexander joined Jack Wills in the newly created role in 2014, where she oversaw merchandising, sourcing and production. She previously worked at USC as brand director, and has also held head of buying roles at Marks & Spencer and Jaeger. 

Jack Wills’ design team began reporting into Alexander in 2015 following the departure of creative director Richard Nicoll.

In the weeks following Alexander’s exit, founder and CEO Peter Williams has increased his involvement with product.

Meanwhile former Tesco and M&S executive David Wertheim, who joined Jack Wills in August as merchandising director, has taken on buying as well as merchandising responsibilities.

Jack Wills employs more than 2,800 people. It operates 104 stores in the UK and internationally, including franchises.

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