Board of Directors

Role: Chairman of the board since April 2016 and of the Nomination Committee. Ian is also a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Ian Cheshire

Key strengths: Sir Ian has vast experience of a range of businesses in both an executive and a non-executive capacity. He spent 17 years with Kingfisher plc including seven years as group chief executive between 2007 and 2014 where he drove consistent and significant growth in shareholder value. In addition to his current non-executive roles, Sir Ian was formerly Chairman of the British Retail Consortium and Senior independent director of Whitbread plc.

Current external directorships: Chairman of Menhaden Capital plc, President of Maisons du Monde, a non-executive of Barclays Bank PLC and Barclays PLC and Chairman of Barclays' ring fenced bank, Barclays UK. In addition he is Government Lead non-executive and a non-executive board member of the Cabinet Office, President of the Business Disability Forum and Chair of the advisory board of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Role: Chief Executive Officer since October 2016
Sergio Bucher

Key strengths: Sergio brings extensive experience of international and multi-channel retailing to his role as Chief Executive Officer. Sergio worked for, Inc. where he served as Vice President, Amazon Fashion Europe since 2013. Previously he was General Manager, Retail and e-commerce Worldwide, at Puma, and prior to that held retail roles at Nike and Inditex, where he led the start-up of its lingerie retail brand Oysho.

Current external directorships: None.

Role: Chief Financial Officer since September 2018
Rachel Osborne

Key strengths: Rachel has a strong retail and customer-facing background including previous roles at John Lewis plc and Kingfisher plc. Her last position was Chief Financial Officer at Domino’s Pizza. She has also held senior finance positions at Sodexo and Vodafone. Rachel is a chartered accountant and has also worked for KPMG.

Current external directorships: None.

Role: Independent non-executive director since January 2013 and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Key strengths: Stephen has been Chief Executive Officer of PageGroup plc since 2006 having worked for that business since 1987. His experience of building an international business at PageGroup supports our strategy to expand the Debenhams brand internationally.

Current external directorships: Chief Executive Officer of PageGroup plc. Stephen is also a member of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Corporate Partnership.

Role: Senior Independent Director since January 2016 following appointment as an independent non-executive director in April 2015. Terry is a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Key strengths: Terry was Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, following its demerger from GUS in October 2006 until March 2014, having previously served as CEO of Argos since its acquisition by GUS in 1998. He previously held senior executive roles at Dixons Stores Group, latterly as MD at PC World.

Current external directorships: non-executive director of Hammerson plc and Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC and Chair of the Retail Trust.

Role: Independent non-executive director since September 2016 and a member of the Audit Committee

Key strengths: Lisa Myers spent 19 years at Franklin Templeton, where she was an Executive Vice-president and lead portfolio manager of some of Templeton’s flagship global funds, managing or co-managing more than $10bn of assets. The coordinator of Templeton’s global consumer research, Lisa had direct research responsibility for the retail, textile and apparel and luxury goods sectors. Most recently Lisa was Co-Head of Global Partnership Investing at BTG Pactual, a global asset management strategy. Lisa studied at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained a law degree at Georgetown University.
She is the Chairperson of Penn’s Secondary School Committee for the Bahamas and is also a board member of YESI, a Bahamian non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering youth through sport and education.

Current external directorships: none

Role: Independent non-executive director since November 2016

Key strengths: Nicky brings a wealth of experience and understanding in brand development and the global beauty industry. Nicky founded speciality beauty retailer Space NK and following the sale of the business consults for an international roster of clients in the beauty, wellness and lifestyle sectors.

Current external directorships: Director of Nicky Kinnaird Consulting Limited and Colorescience Inc. Nicky is also non-executive Chairman of The Walkactive Company Limited

Role: Independent non-executive director since October 2017. David is also a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committee and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in January 2018.
David Adams

Key strengths: David was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of House of Fraser plc until 2006, then Executive Chairman of Jessops plc, becoming Non-Executive Chairman in 2009. In addition, he has held several Executive and Non-Executive roles in 30 years in retailing, including ten years as a plc Finance Director.

Current external directorships: David is currently the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director at Halfords Group plc and a director of the following AIM listed companies: Conviviality Retail plc (acting Executive Chairman effective from 19 March 2018) and Thinksmart plc.

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