UK fashion retailer Jigsaw has hired Richard Gilmore, currently planning director at Fred Perry, to the new role of COO as part of efforts to strengthen its management team. 

Joining the company in September, Gilmore will have responsibility for operations, merchandising, trading and logistics across the group.

"Logistical efficiencies, growth in e-commerce and improved merchandising are just some of the areas I will be focusing on," said Gilmore, who has also held positions at retailers Next, Debenhams, River Island and John Lewis.

The news comes after the appointment of former John Lewis brand and buying director Peter Ruis as CEO last week.

Charles Atterton, joint CEO with John Robinson, will become chairman, while Robinson has been named chairman of Kewsaw Limited, the parent company of the group.