From early January 2018, Steven Cook, former chief merchant of Canada’s luxury retailer Holt Renfrew, is to join Debenhams as managing director of fashion and home.
Cook will lead the business unit that oversees the organisation’s buying, design and merchandising divisions for these categories, as it continues to implement the Debenhams Redesigned Strategy.
Cook’s appointment follows a global search, and sees Debenhams commence plans to structure around three business units: beauty and beauty services, fashion and home, and food and events.
Richard Cristofoli, formerly Debenhams’ marketing director, becomes managing director of beauty, beauty services and marketing.
Debenhams’ retail director, Ross Clemmow, will broaden his role as managing director for retail, digital, food and events.
Prior to the position at Holt Renfrew, a division of Selfridges Group, Cook was divisional vice president and general manager apparel and accessories, for Sears Canada.
His retail, fashion and manufacturer experience spans a number of leading brands including Calvin Klein and Badgley Mischka, as well as Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and Nike.
In addition to a broad knowledge of department store retailing, Cook brings a passion for product and customer experience to the role.
“I am hugely excited to become part of the Debenhams team at this time of transformation,” says Cook, on joining the retailer. “I look forward to leading the team in delivering both product development and a retailing experience which drives the Debenhams Redesigned strategy.”
CEO Sergio Bucher adds, “Steven’s appointment comes following a comprehensive global search to find the right candidate to drive Debenhams’ product offer forward.
“Steven brings great credentials to the role and by organising under three business units, our managing directors will have more visibility and accountability for delivering the customer experience,” he continues.
“I look forward to welcoming Steven to the business and working with him to deliver Debenhams Redesigned.”
In May 2017, Debenhams appointed Sally Hyndman as HR director and Angela Morrison as technology and supply chain director.
International director, David Smith, who joined the organisation in February 2016, takes the title of managing director, International.