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Tuesday 23 January 2018



Written by Chris Lemmon

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.”

Payments platform Adyen has announced the appointment of Colin Neil as senior vice president of business development in the UK. He will launch Adyen’s new office in Manchester, and joins with more than nine years’ experience at Burberry, where he helped to create a unified customer experience.

Myles Dawson, UK country manager for Adyen, commented: “In appointing Colin, Adyen has gained unparalleled expertise and insights to help retailers deliver the best possible experience and overcome the challenges of appealing to customers in-store, online, on mobile or however else they choose to engage. His expertise helping one of the world’s leading brands develop an industry-leading unified commerce experience will be invaluable for Adyen’s clients across the UK.”

Kevin Havelock, president of the Unilever global refreshments division, has been appointed as a non-executive director on the Morrisons board of directors. Havelock will take up his position on 1 February, and will form part of the firm’s audit, corporate compliance and responsibility, nomination and remuneration committees.

Chairman Andrew Higginson said: "Kevin is an excellent addition to the Morrisons board. At Unilever, he has been responsible for growing some of the world's most successful food and drink brands and he also knows the UK grocery market extremely well."

John Lewis has appointed Simon Coble to the role of trading director, taking up the position on 15 January 2018. Coble joins from The Body Shop, where he was UK managing director, extending his responsibilities to Europe and North America in 2016.

Ed Connolly, who has been leading the trading team on an interim basis, will take up a newly created role of director of partnership strategy. Connolly will be responsible for shaping and developing the long-term direction and sustainability of the Partnership.

Paula Nickolds, the managing director of John Lewis, said: “I am really delighted that Simon will be joining us. It is an important appointment for us as we continue to reinvent John Lewis and put the customer at the heart of everything we do, from the design of our truly unique own brand ranges to the experiences we offer our customers that they cannot get anywhere else.

“I would like to thank Ed for his outstanding contribution during his time leading the trading team, especially in the run-up to our peak trading period, and I wish him all the best in his new role.”

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