Jack Wills founder Peter Williams has reportedly been pushed out of the business following a row with its private equity owner BlueGem. According to The Sunday Times , Williams is currently finalising the terms of his departure
Jack Wills has commenced a period of consultation with its buying team after chief product officer Emma Alexander quietly left the retailer last month. Jack Wills said it was is reviewing “fewer than” five buying roles – although it is not known how senior those roles are. READ MORE: 5 Minutes With Emma Alexander, Chief Product Officer, Jack Wills However, a spokesman told the Retail Gazette that two of the buying team members have already been moved into other roles while another two remain in consultation
Jack Wills’ non-executive chairman Derek Lovelock is set to step down from his position at the end of the year, after joining the board a year ago. The retailer said Richard Wyatt, vice-chairman of Rothschilds, will replace Lovelock. READ MORE: Jack Wills poaches Superdry’s Greg Roberts for new wholesale director role Regarded as a fashion veteran, Lovelock was appointed to the role in September last year after Jack Wills chief executive Peter Williams teamed up with private equity firm Bluegem in a multimillion-pound buyout of the retailer.
Boohoo has announced tech entrepreneur and The Phone House founder Pierre Marie Jean-Louis Cuilleret is joining its board as non-executive director with immediate effect. Cuilleret will sit on the audit, remuneration and nomination committees. Cuilleret founded The Phone House is 1996, which grew to become the number one independent mobile phone retailer in Europe.