Supergroup makes new board appointments
Supergroup, the owner of the Superdry clothing brand, has made two new appointments to its board. Susanne Given will join the group as its chief operating officer and Shaun Wills has been appointed to the role of chief financial officer.
Given has over 20 years experience in the retail sector working for House of Fraser, Harrods and TK Maxx. Most recently she was director of fashion and beauty at John Lewis Partnership.
Wills joins Supergroup from Habitat where he was chief operating officer. Prior to this he was finance director at Fat Face and held various roles at New Look where he was involved in developing the retailer’s web offering and e-commerce systems.
In the newly created chief operating officer role, Given’s prime focus will be operational improvements and driving efficiencies in the UK retail business. She will also oversee central support functions including marketing, logistics, sourcing, IT and property.
Both Given and Wills will join the Supergroup board in April.
Peter Bamford, chairman, commented: "I am delighted to welcome Susanne and Shaun to the Group. They bring a wealth of branded retail expertise to the management team. Susanne’s appointment will allow Julian Dunkerton the space and time to focus on the development of the Superdry brand and our product."
CEO Julian Dunkerton added: "I am very pleased that we have been able to attract people of the calibre of Susanne and Shaun to Supergroup and I am very much looking forward to working closely with them both. Susanne and I have highly complementary skills and I am excited that we will now be able to maximise our potential."
The group also announced that Chas Howes will be remaining with the group but will stand down from the Board on 23 April as he "wishes to have a role that is less demanding of his time".
Bamford said: "On behalf of all at Supergroup I would like to express thanks to Chas for his total commitment and, in particular, his crucial role in taking the group through its transition into a public company."
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