Fashion retailer FatFace has bolstered its top team and unveiled a series of changes designed to “drive future growth”, following its acquisition by Next at the end of last year.

Fat Face model in floral tunic top

Retail giant Next acquired the business in a deal worth £115.2m last October

FatFace chief operating officer Mark Wright is set to exit the business later this year after five years, but is expected to oversee the retailer’s transition before pursuing “opportunities outside of FatFace”.

The fashion brand confirmed that Wright will not be replaced and that his previous responsibilities will be split between existing and new board members.

The retailer has also promoted its head of people, Jo Wilson, to the newly created role of people director, while Karen Johnston has been promoted to stores director.

In her new role, Johnston will take responsibility for FatFace’s North American store estate, as well as stores across the UK and Ireland, as it continues to embark on its expansion strategy.

FatFace marketing and brand communications director Keely Stocker is also set to take on “extended responsibilities” for both digital and customer services, while interim finance director Amy Lynch will take on a permanent finance director role.

The top team reshuffle underlines the company’s growth plan after retail giant Next acquired the business in a deal worth £115.2m last October.

FatFace is currently “in the process” of transitioning to Next’s Total Platform, which will allow it to reach more customers in its home market in the UK and internationally.

Chief executive Will Crumbie said: “Our people are central to the success of our business. Bolstering our leadership team and creating these new roles will ensure FatFace is set up in the best way for future sustained growth.

“I would like to congratulate all those assuming new positions at FatFace, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we take the next step in our journey.”

The FatFace boss continued: “I would also like to thank Mark for overseeing our transition to the Next business before he steps down. His invaluable contributions have been instrumental in shaping FatFace into the successful business it is today. I cannot thank Mark enough for his passion and hard work over the last five years.”