Global Fashion Group continues to transform executive team
Global Fashion Group is continuing to transform its executive team in preparation for the next phase of its development.
On 14 August, Helen Hickman will succeed Matthew Price as chief financial officer after working with the business for over seven years. Meanwhile Price will leave the business at the end of August to pursue other professional opportunities.
Hickman is currently director of group finance and has been acting as Price’s deputy. GFG said she has been highly instrumental in building its finance function and helped the company to prepare for its IPO.
Christoph Barchewitz, chief executive of GFG, said: “Helen’s appointment as chief financial officer is testament to the strength of our senior leadership team and robust succession planning.
“Matthew’s impact on GFG extends far beyond financial strategy and performance. He played a crucial role in enabling our IPO, built a strong finance team and drove operational excellence across the group. We are hugely thankful for Matthew’s contributions to the business and wish him all the very best for the future.”
The appointment marks the latest step in the transformation of GFG’s executive team over the last six months.
From 14 August, the group’s management board will be composed of chief executive Christoph Barchewitz and Gunjan Soni, group chief operating officer and chief executive of GFG’s SEA business. In early June, Jere Calmes was appointed as chief executive of the company’s ANZ region after a successful three year tenure as chief executive of Lamoda, which GFG sold in late 2022. The company is also planning to appoint a new chief executive of its Latin America region.
Meanwhile Nicolle Strauss will be taking responsibility for GFG’s People & Planet Positive agenda as chief people and sustainability officer.
Barchewitz said: “The transformation of the executive team reflects the priorities and change in complexity and scale of the group.
“With a leaner and refreshed leadership structure, we are more focused than ever on continuing to advance our platform vision whilst prioritising profitability and improved cash flow in the short-term.”
GFG owns ecommerce platforms The Iconic, Zalora and Dafiti.
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