Written by Chris Lemmon
UK retail software vendor itim has named Simon Evetts as UK managing director. Evetts previously held leadership roles at various consultancy and software businesses, including managing director of retail at Alvarez and Marsal, partner at IBM Global Business Services, chief technology officer at Javelin Group and product director at Retail Business Solutions.
Ali Athar, chief executive at itim, commented: “Simon will enable us to increase our engagement with clients at the most senior level. He has a wealth of experience in helping clients achieve successful business outcomes, especially around improved profitability and operational performance. He is one of the pioneers and thought-leaders in multi-channel retailing, having first helped retailers go online nearly twenty years ago.”
Mastercard has announced the appointment of JoAnn Stonier as chief data officer. In the newly created role, Stonier will oversee the curation, maintenance and management of the company’s data assets. Stonier previously served as the company’s chief information governance and chief privacy officer.
Kevin Stanton, chief services officer at Mastercard, said: “JoAnn’s privacy background coupled with her extensive experience understanding how our data flows and powers our business makes her the ideal candidate to take our company forward. Her appointment reflects a thoughtful approach to this new position and to our data innovation overall.”
Dixons Carphone has announced the appointment of Alex Baldock as its new chief executive, joining the company in April 2018. Baldock currently works as group chief executive at Shop Direct, which owns online brands Littlewoods and Very. Baldock will replace Sebastian James, who will be joining Boots as senior vice president.
Ian Livingston, chairman of Dixons Carphone, commented: “The board and I are delighted to welcome Alex Baldock to the group. He has an outstanding track record in leading large, complex consumer-facing businesses. He's led Shop Direct through one of UK retail's fastest, most far-reaching and most successful digital transformations, delivering five consecutive years of record financial performance, with strongly rising sales and an almost tenfold increase in profits.”
Marks and Spencer has confirmed the appointment of Humphrey Singer to its board as chief finance officer. Humphrey has worked as group finance director at Dixons Carphone since 2014, and was previously group finance director of Dixons in 2011. His early career included finance roles at Cadbury Schweppes and Coca-Cola Enterprises UK.
Steve Rowe, chief executive of M&S, said: “As we embark on our five-year transformation programme, Humphrey will be a great addition to the top team. His experience as part of the team that led Dixons through its period of change and migration to multi-channel retailer is most relevant to what we are undertaking here. This, coupled with his retail expertise and eye for detail and cost, will be very important to our team dynamic as we move forward.”
Debenhams has named Richard Jones as its new trading director, due to join the company on 5 February. Jones previously worked as divisional director for clothing at Sainbury’s, and more recently held senior commercial and operational roles at Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Target.
Angela Morrison, Debenhams IT and supply chain director, said: “Richard joins Debenhams with excellent knowledge and credentials in both sourcing and product development. He will undoubtedly be a real asset as he leads Debenhams UK and international teams to improve our product offer as we continue to implement the Debenhams Redesigned strategy.”