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Written by Chris Lemmon

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.”

Online grocery delivery service HelloFresh has confirmed the appointment of Claire Davenport as CEO, effective immediately. Davenport joins HelloFresh from, where she worked as general manager, following roles including chief commercial officer at Bigpoint, chief of staff at Skype, and executive vice president of strategy at the RTL Group.

Davenport commented on her appointment: “I’m very excited to join the team here at HelloFresh UK. HelloFresh has an exciting combination of a great product, passionate customers, leading innovation, talented people and huge momentum in the market. I’m looking forward to guiding the business as we step into the next phase of growth and brand innovation.”

Fashion retailer New Look has named Paula Dumont Lopez as its chief creative officer, replacing current CCO Roger Whitman. Lopez joins New Look from Esprit where she has been senior vice president head of Esprit Women since 2013. Before that, Paula spent 10 years at Inditex in several roles, including head of product at Zara Basic.

Anders Kristiansen, CEO of New Look, commented: “Paula is an amazing addition to our team. Her expertise in identifying trends and leadership experience in product, buying and design will be a great asset to us. We are delighted to welcome Paula to the Board and look forward to what we know will be her significant contribution to New Look and the execution of our strategy.”

Technology innovator Naji El-Arifi has been named as head of innovation at e-commerce consultancy firm Salmon. El-Arifi, a TEDx speaker on the future of coding, has built his own ‘experience lab’ to showcase the latest technologies. He has worked on previous projects with Samsung, Somo, Shop Direct Group, Audi, Lloyds Bank, Kobalt and BP.

El-Arifi commented on his appointment: “I have worked with a lot of exciting technologies in my time working in innovation, but this new role at Salmon provides something totally unique. Salmon has a clear vision: to be the boldest and most innovative in the e-commerce space, and this is something that I knew I really wanted to be a part of.”

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