Blog: Leonie BarrieWhere next for Winser?

Leonie Barrie | 27 May 2009

Barely a day after her departure from Aquascutum was revealed, and its former CEO Kim Winser is already being lined up – in the media at least – for two of the top jobs in the apparel industry right now.

She is rumoured to be in talks with Italian fashion house Gianni Versace amid speculation its chief executive Giancarlo Di Risio is on the verge of resigning following a rift with creative director Donatella Versace – even though any claims of friction have been hotly denied.

And if that fails? Well there’s always good old Marks & Spencer. Winser started her career at the venerable high street institution and worked there for 20 or so years before heading off to Pringle, which she transformed into one of the world’s leading luxury brands.

And we all know that the list of candidates to replace Sir Stuart Rose when he retires from the helm of M&S is pretty thin on the ground.

So someone with a track record of transforming a dowdy heritage brand into a desirable label once again, coupled with hands-on experience at the retail giant, would surely be a front-runner. Even Rose himself conceded last week that he would like to see a successor “who understands M&S.”



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