Jigsaw has hired a chief operating officer just a week after appointing John Lewis buying and brand director Peter Ruis as its new boss.

Richard Gilmore, who is currently planning director at Fred Perry, will take up the role in September.

He will have responsibility for Jigsaw’s merchandising, trading and logistics operations.

Gilmore previously worked alongside Ruis when he was at John Lewis as head of merchandising between 2004 and 2006.

Retail Week revealed last week that Jigsaw was poised to unveil more director level appointments.

Gilmore said: “I am joining Jigsaw at a very exciting time for the brand. Logistical efficiencies, growth in e-commerce and improved merchandising are just some of the areas I will be focusing on.”

Charles Atterton, currently joint-chief executive with Jigsaw founder John Robinson, said: “The appointments of Peter and Richard are an investment in Jigsaw’s future. We are confident we have found the right executive leadership to take the company forward.”

Atterton will become Jigsaw’s chairman while Robinson will take up the role of chairman at parent company Kewsaw.