Clothing retailer SuperGroup has today (20 March) appointed Susanne Given to the newly created role as chief operating officer and Shaun Wills as chief financial officer.

Given, who most recently served as director of fashion and beauty at John Lewis, will join the company on 10 April.

She will be responsible for operational improvements and oversee marketing, logistics, sourcing, IT and property. Given has previously worked for House of Fraser, Harrods and TK Maxx.

Wills replaces Chas Howes, who is staying with the company but transitioning to a "less demanding" role. Wills previously served as COO at Habitat, has worked at clothing retailers Fat Face and New Look, and will join on 23 April.

"Susanne's appointment will allow Julian Dunkerton the space and time to focus on the development of the Superdry brand and our product," said SuperGroup chairman Peter Bamford.