UK retail group Arcadia today (19 March) confirmed to just-style that it has promoted Topman's managing director David Shepherd to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

A spokesperson for the company said Shepherd will retain his role as MD of Topman. 

Shepherd has been appointed to grow the group's e-commerce and international businesses, the spokesperson confirmed.

He has "already started" his new role, the spokesperson added.