Fashion retailer Jack Wills is overhauling its top team with the appointment of five new directors to prepare the retailer for growth.
Three directors have recently left or are set to leave, while a wave of new directors have recently been appointed or are set to start at the retailer. The change is largely being driven by chief operating officer Wendy Becker who joined the retailer in August.
Jack Will’s international boss Tim Patten,sourcing chief Glen Tinton and human resources director Helena Feltham are all leaving the business, it is understood.
This follows the departure of finance director Paul Woolf and head of UK stores Liz Hall who both left at the start of the year, according to the Independent.
Meanwhile, former Reiss commercial director Sanjay Sharma joined as international director this week and fomer LK Bennett sourcing director Mark Strachan will further bolster the team when he takes up the role of sourcing director in July.
Emma Sheller, who comes from Gap and was previously at Louis Vuitton, will start at the retailer next week in the newly-created role of chief marketing officer.
In February Alan Johnson, who comes from William Hill where he was retail operations director, was appointed retail director, while former Fat Face chief financial officer Emily Tate was hired in the same role last week.
Becker said: “These new appointments are the latest step in the Jack Wills journey and, with this month seeing our fourteenth store opening in the US and seventh in Asia, we now have 21 international outlets as we continue to build on the global popularity of the brand.”
Jack Wills, which has 55 UK shops, recorded a pretax loss of £4.75m in the year to January 31, 2012 which it partly blamed on its international expansion. In addition last year, the retailer axed its Aubin & Wills sister chain.