Primark boss set to become new CEO at fashion retailer Boohoo

Employment & Skills | North West | Retail

BoohooOnline fashion retailer Boohoo Group has appointed John Lyttle as new chief executive, with effect from 15 March 2019.

The move for Lyttle, who is currently chief executive officer of Primark, will allow joint bosses Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane to take up new roles.

Kamani, currently joint chief executive, will become group executive chairman of the company, with a focus towards the long-term strategic direction for the group.

While, Kane will remain on the main board and assume the title of group co-founder and executive director, continuing to lead the vision for the company’s creativity and multi- brand strategy.

In a joint statement, Kamani and Kane said: “We are thrilled to have secured a candidate of John’s calibre as our CEO. We have got to know John over a number of years and are convinced he has the necessary skills to complement what we already have and take the group on to its next stage of growth.

“Both of us remain totally committed to the business and will ensure a measured and careful handover.”

Lyttle, who has also held senior roles at Matalan and the Arcadia Group, increased turnover by 158% to more than £7bn during his eight year stint with Primark.

Commenting on the role, Lyttle said: “I have known Mahmud and Carol for a number of years and have watched the growth of the Boohoo Group with admiration. I am hugely excited to be joining the group at this key stage of its growth and capitalising on what is a global opportunity.”

Non-executive chairman Peter Williams will be stepping down, with the board also set to recruit a further independent non-executive director.

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