Retail appointments: Wittner, Asda and more

UK’s Co-op hires new CFO

The UK’s Cooperative Group,  known as the Co-op, has hired Shirine Khoury-Haq to take on the role of chief financial officer, replacing Ian Ellis who is retiring. The appointment takes effect in the northern summer.

Khoury-Haq, a chartered accountant, was most recently chief operating officer for Lloyd’s of London, from which she resigned last November. She has also worked for McDonald’s, IBM and insurance firm Catlin.

Khoury-Haq will also become a member of both the Co-op’s executive team and the non-executive board.

The group has more than 70,000 employees across the UK, and has its headquarters in Manchester.

Joules poaches Asda VP

Retail veteran Nick Jones has been appointed chief executive officer of British clothing company Joules, succeeding Colin Porter whose retirement was announced earlier this year.

Jones was poached from supermarket Asda, where he has been since 2011 when he was appointed to run Asda’s George clothing brand. Recently his remit had been expanded to include homeware and food in his role as senior vice-president for commercial.

Joules was founded by Tom Joule in 1989. It has 123 stores across the UK and Ireland, as well as an online arm and wholesale business that supplies more than 2000 stockists worldwide.

For Asda, the loss of Jones is the latest blow in a management shake-up that has been sparked largely by the failure in April of its merger with Sainsbury’s.

Wittner’s seeks outsider for CEO

For the first time in its 107-year history, Wittner’s Australia is looking outside the family for a CEO. The high-quality fashion footwear business established in 1912 has more than 100 outlets across Australia and New Zealand, and employs more than 500 people.

The Wittner family say they are looking for an exceptional and proven CEO/Omni channel retailer with a similar level of experience. They say preference will be given to applicants with success in digital growth and successful cross-border trade and international market entries.

The company is proud of it heritage and long track record. Wittner’s has a strong  focus on the sustainability, and its website contains detailed statements about how it treats its employees, its suppliers, the environment and the animals that supply the leather.


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