Neil Clifford, who returned to Kurt Geiger as a CEO last August, has promoted some trusted high-level executives to help him to steer the growth of the upmarket British shoe retailer and supplier. From the beginning of this month, David Wilkinson, former operations director at Harrods, former general manager of Selfridges and former managing director at Tim Little, has started as retail director at Kurt Geiger, a sister company of Harrods that shares the same owners. He replaces Sarah Andrews, who left last June to become retail sales director at Harrods.
A long-time manager of Kurt Geiger, Dale Christilaw, has been promoted to the position of finance director. He takes over some of the responsibilities of Crispin Mardon, managing director, who is leaving the company at the end of the month. Mardon jumped into the hot seat at Kurt Geiger last March, after the departure of Max Rigelman, but he was soon side-lined again when Clifford returned as a chief executive.
Furthermore, Graham Hawkins is replacing Clive de Boer as chairman of Kurt Geiger, after a long career within the entities owned by Mohamed Al Fayed, including 9 years as a finance director of Harrods Group and a 2-year stint as managing director of Kurt Geiger.