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February 26, 2019

N Brown confirms interim-CEO Johnson as new chief

By Beth Wright

Online, catalogue and store retailer N Brown Group has appointed interim-CEO Steve Johnson to the position on a permanent basis.

Johnson, who has led the company since the departure of Angela Spindler in September of last year, previously served as CEO of N Brown’s financial services business. He joined the group as financial services director in February 2016, leaving his role as financial services marketing and product director at Shop Direct Group Limited. Prior to that, Johnson held senior roles at Sainsbury’s and Halifax. 

“Having conducted a thorough and extensive search process, the board is delighted to appoint Steve as CEO,” said chairman Matt Davies. “As interim-CEO he has shown the strategic thinking, pace, energy and focus which demonstrates that he is the best person to take the business forward. He brings a wealth of senior management experience across a number of large retail and financial services companies.”

Johnson added: “I am both excited and honoured to be taking the permanent CEO role at N Brown. During the last six months I have had the opportunity to lead a passionate, talented and committed team. Together, we have made considerable operational and strategic progress which we look forward to building on.”

Last month, the group reported ‘robust’ online growth from its three so-called ‘power brands’ and a stable margin performance for the third-quarter, however it was not enough to offset a slip in overall sales as the group revealed plans to re-evaluate its proposition for the JD Williams business.

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