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This week's fashion job changes: including House of Fraser, Debenhams and Office

This week’s need-to-know fashion retail people moves

M Missoni

Missoni has appointed Margherita Maccapani Missoni as creative director of its M Missoni diffusion line.

The M Missoni spring 20 collection will be the first under her creative direction.

Background:

Heiress to her family’s fashion house, Missoni previously designed for the brand and is returning to the business after spending a few years pursuing a modelling and acting career.

 

Diesel and Marc Jacobs

Jonny Hewlett has left his role as Diesel’s CEO for Europe to join Marc Jacobs as chief commercial officer. 

Background:

Hewlett had worked at the Italian denim brand for 10 years in a variety of positions, including managing director for Diesel UK and CEO for Greater China. 

From 1992 he worked for Procter & Gamble, the US consumer goods conglomerate, rising from an entry position as graduate trainee to managing director in 2004.

 

Oasis and Kurt Geiger

Oasis customer director Briony Garbett is joining Kurt Geiger next month as global brand and customer experience director.

At Oasis LK Bennett’s ecommerce director, Liam Price, is joining as head of digital, as previously revealed by Drapers.

Background:

Garbett joined Oasis in 2012 as head of customer experience and ecommerce. Before that, she spent five years as consulting manager at retail consultancy firm Javelin Group.

 

House of Fraser

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has sacked the entire senior management team at House of Fraser weeks after it bought the troubled department store.

Background:

Ashley has previously called for House of Fraser’s former directors to face an Insolvency Service inquiry, claiming they “misled” suppliers and warehouse operators.

 

Debenhams’ director of merchandising, Adele Calderwood, has left the business after 14 years.

Background:

She joined Debenhams in 2004 from Arcadia Group, where she held the role of senior merchandiser. At Debenhams, Calderwood worked as merchandise manager before being promoted to head of merchandising in 2006, a position she held until 2013, when she was made director of merchandising.

In September, Debenhams’ merchandising manager for men’s accessories, Kate Ludlow-Edson, moved to Topman after 13 years at the department store chain. 

 

River Island

River Island has appointed Caroline Massingham as chief people officer.

Background:

Massingham joins River Island after spending the previous year as managing director of her own consultancy.

Before that she worked as group HR director of N Brown Group from March 2014 to April 2017, and as group HR director of Noble Foods from June 2012 to February 2014.

 

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer has reshuffled its board following the retirement of senior independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee Vindi Banga.

Chairman of the audit committee Andy Halford, who was appointed in January 2013, will succeed Vindi as senior independent director. He will continue as chairman of the audit committee.

Andrew Fisher will take over from Vindi as chairman of the remuneration committee. Fisher will step down from the audit committee, which he joined in 2015.

Background:

Banga, who has been with the retailer since September 2011, was instrumental in the appointment of new chair Archie Norman in 2017.

 

Office

The chief executive of footwear retailer Office, Brian McCluskey, is leaving the business after 15 years.

Lorenzo Moretti, vice-president of gobal retail at consumer electronics company Sonos, will join the business as designate chief executive in October.

Background:

McCluskey will retire at the end of his three-year contract with Office owner Truworths International, which means he will leave the business on 30 November.

Before working at Sonos, Moretti held vice-president and general manager roles at Nike Europe for five years, as well as senior roles at Gap, Tesco and Marks & Spencer.

 

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