The US-based parent company of health and beauty retailer Boots has announced the appointment of James Kehoe as its new executive vice president and global chief financial officer. Recently chief financial officer and board director of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Kehoe will succeed George Fairweather, who has served as Walgreens Boots Alliance global chief financial officer since February 2015
Shop Direct has hired Rank Group boss Henry Birch to be its new chief executive. Birch, who will join the online retail giant later this year, will replace interim chief executive Derek Harding.
Dixons Carphone has reportedly offered a lifeline to staff at rival retailer Maplin, whose future is up in the air after it filed for administration on Wednesday. Dixons Carphone chief executive Sebastian James told BBC News that he was “really sorry” to hear about Maplin’s downfall and hinted that his company may be open to poaching some of its staff should the worse come to worst
Dunelm has appointed Nick Wilkinson as its new chief executive after John Browett stepped down from the role earlier this year for “personal reasons”. Wilkinson, who will begin his role with the home and furniture retailer in February, previously had the top job at Evans Cycles for five years
Electrical retailer Dixons Carphone has reported tumbling profits amid its interim results, nearly halving over the last six months.
Next has become the latest retailer to trial a store-in-store concept at the UK’s largest grocer Tesco. Earlier this week Next opened a 4300sq ft concession inside Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays, stocking a basic range of both menswear and womenswear
Maplin has announced a new partnership with tech repair specialist iSmash as it ramps up its tech support offering to rival Dixons Carphone. Concessions in three of Maplin’s stores across the UK will be trialled, offering customers an “express tech repair service” on smartphones, tablets and laptops under Maplin’s roof.
In another high profile departure from high street stalwarts today, John Lewis’s group development director Tom Athron has announced his departure. The reason for his departure is not yet clear and it unknown whether he has secured another role. He was reportedly in consideration for the role of managing director before it was handed to Paula Nickolds
Hundreds of senior figures from the UK’s retail industry gathered in central London on Tuesday night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme. Twelve women working in retail were hand-selected and appointed as this year’s ambassadors.
Halfords has raided the senior ranks of Dixons Carphone to hire Graham Stapleton as its new chief executive. Stapleton is currently the head of Dixons Carphone’s software business Honeybee and will be start at Halfords on January 15.