Claire's appoints Beatrice Lafon to head up European division
Accessories retailer ClaireÂ’s Stores has appointed Beatrice Lafon as President of its European Division.
Reporting to CEO Gene Kahn, Lafon will be responsible for driving the continued growth and expansion of the US based retailer’s European business. She will have direct responsibility for Buying, Merchandising and Allocation, Supply Chain, Stores and the overall operations for 1100 stores across thirteen countries, including the UK.
Lafon has thirty years experience in the retail industry having held executive positions at TJ Hughes, Etam Group, and Animal. She has also held a variety of retail roles at Woolworths Group, as well as various management positions at Ouiset, River Island, Dorothy Perkins and Marks & Spencer, where she began her retail career.
"We are pleased to add Beatrice to the Claire’s management team, given her impressive retail background, strong leadership skills, demonstrated people development capabilities and proven ability to develop and manage businesses throughout Europe,” said Kahn. "Beatrice brings a broad background including an impressive merchandise affinity, in-depth understanding of fashion, and strong acumen in stores execution and operations."
Claire's Stores has 3,020 stores in North America and Europe. The Company also has 387 franchised or licensed stores in Japan, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Ukraine and South Africa.
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