Retail Solutions - Littlewoods IT boss quits after staff cutbacks

Littlewoods IT director David Hallett has left after six years at the retailer. A spokeswoman confirmed that Hallett left two weeks ago by what one source termed 'mutual consent'.

The departure follows a decision by Littlewoods to cut its IT head count by a fifth, announced last November.

Some 60 roles were terminated by the end of last year on a voluntary basis because of IT projects coming to an end. However, Littlewoods officially stated last year that there would be no further job losses.

Last May, Littlewoods owners the Barclay brothers agreed to acquire GUS catalogues for£550 million, and many believed that job losses would follow. It is understood that Hallett's counterpart at the former GUS businesses, Neil McGowen, will take on his responsibilities.