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Hudson's Bay names Iain Nairn as new president

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Jan '20
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Hudson’s Bay has named Iain Nairn as president, Hudson’s Bay, effective January 12, 2020. A highly-accomplished retail executive, Nairn has a remarkable track record of driving profitable growth and transformational change at a wide variety of retailers, from specialty to department store formats. He reports directly to Helena Foulkes, CEO, of the company.

Originally from the UK, Nairn has worked in multiple markets, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe, Asia, and South Africa, according to a media statement by the company.

Most recently, Nairn was CEO of Kikki.K, a global Swedish design and stationery business, with 102 namesake stores and ecommerce, and product lines available in over 147 countries worldwide. Previously, Nairn was CEO of David Jones, Australia’s leading premium omni-channel department store chain, where he increased profitability and delivered comp store sales growth in his first year. Before joining David Jones, he was chief executive of Country Road for two years and CEO of Witchery for six years.

“We took time to conduct a thorough, worldwide search to ensure we found the right person to lead the business and steward the Hudson’s Bay brand. Nairn brings strong leadership, sharp focus and in-depth expertise that I believe will make a positive impact on Hudson’s Bay. To date, the team has made great strides in fixing the fundamentals, evolving our service model and elevating our merchandise assortment. There is a tremendous opportunity in Canada to deliver an outstanding customer experience and I am excited to work with Nairn to elevate the brand and drive performance for future success,” Foulkes said.

“Few brands have such a strong awareness and connection with customers as does Hudson’s Bay, and I am thrilled to join such an iconic retail institution. I am looking forward to working with the team and building on the great work that has been underway to evolve the Hudson’s Bay experience across all channels,” Nairn said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)


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