Written by Chris Lemmon
Fashion retailer Jack Wills has appointed Claire Waugh as its first chief marketing officer. Waugh joins from Burberry, where she worked as global marketing director for the menswear, leather and softs categories. Prior to that, Waugh worked at Starbucks for over 10 years, eventually becoming the strategic programmes director for the EMEA region.
Peter Williams, founder and chief executive of Jack Wills, commented: “I absolutely believe that Claire has the vision, talent and drive to help market the brand around the globe effectively to our many different customers, and in a way which fits the very unique brand DNA of Jack Wills. Coming from Burberry, Claire has a fantastic understanding of fashion and beauty, all of which will be directly relevant to her work at Jack Wills.”
Multi-retailer gift card company One4all has appointed Alan Smith as UK managing director, to help drive the next stage of the firm’s growth. Smith has worked for more than 20 years in the payments industry, including most recently as head of payments and banking at the Post Office for almost five years.
Commenting on his appointment, Smith said: “I am delighted to be joining the One4all team. Having been responsible for prepaid and gift cards during my time at the Post Office, I am already extremely familiar with One4all Gift Cards – and the product’s strengths and future potential.”
Anil Goteti has been named head of eBay India, following the company’s merger with online marketplace Flipkart last week. Goteti currently leads the marketplace and retail product and operations teams at Flipkart, having previously held senior roles at McKinsey and Qualcomm.
eBay completed a $500 million cash investment in Flipkart in return for an equity stake, selling its eBay.in business to Flipkart as part of a $1.4 billion funding round led by Microsoft and Tencent earlier this year.
Topshop/Topman has named Paul Price as its new chief executive officer, who joins from Burberry where he served for 10 years, most recently as chief merchandising officer. Prior to that, Price held senior management roles at US retailers Lucky Brand Jeans, Williams Sonoma and Banana Republic.
Karren Brady, who was recently named as the new chairman of the Arcadia Group’s parent company Taveta Investments, commented: “I am delighted that Paul will be joining the team and I am very much looking forward to a new and exciting period for Topshop/Topman.”
Waitrose has appointed Simon Burdess as its first director of food service. Burdess, who will join Waitrose in September, is currently vice president of restaurants and bars at the InterContinental Hotels Group. He has 20 years’ experience in the retail industry, having previously been commercial director for Fortnum and Mason, and various commercial roles at Marks & Spencer, including as category manager for in store hospitality.
Ben Stimson, retail director at Waitrose, said: “We want our shops to be places where customers will feel excited by and inspired by food - and evolving our food service offer is vital in achieving this. Simon brings a wealth of experience which will be invaluable in ensuring our hospitality makes our shops dynamic and vibrant places to visit.”