Move of the Week: Retail leaders must step up in brutal market

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Happy New Year! Retail, as we know, never sleeps but for those of us that took some time out over the Christmas period to rest and reflect, the fast start to the new year has forced us to wake quickly from our festive slumber.

Alongside the annual procession of trading results, the jobs market has sprung back to life unusually quickly at the start of January with a succession of notable appointments being confirmed this week.

The raft of new hires and promotions at Asda is particularly eye-catching – headlined by the arrival of Anna-Maree Shaw as chief customer officer – but senior-level appointments at Kingfisher, Debenhams and M&S demonstrate that there really is no time for dither and delay in the current retail landscape.

The latter three retailers each have ground to make up after a challenging 2019, hence why appointments that might previously have been confirmed in February have been unveiled mere days after the Christmas decorations have come down.

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