Senior Management

Managing Director Fashion, Home & Beauty
Steven Cook

Steven Cook joined Debenhams in January 2018 as Managing Director for Fashion and Home responsible for our business unit that oversees the organisation’s buying, design and merchandising divisions for these categories as it continues to implement the Debenhams Redesigned Strategy. In September 2019 his remit was extended to cover the Beauty Trading Division. 

Steven sits on the business’ executive committee. Previously he was at Holt Renfrew, most recently as Chief Merchant. Prior to that Steven worked at Sears Canada. His retail, fashion and manufacturer experience spans a number of leading brands including Calvin Klein, Badgley Mischka as well as Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and Nike

Stores, Technology & Supply Chain Director
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Angela was appointed to the business’ Executive Committee in May 2017 as Technology & Supply Chain Director responsible for Systems, Supply Chain, Imports/Exports and Logistics. In September 2019 her remit was extended to cover the Store Portfolio.

Angela brings a wealth of technology experience gained in retailers such as J Sainsbury plc, Walmart and Asda. Most recently she held the role of Chief Information Officer at Direct Line Group during its separation from Royal Bank of Scotland and subsequent float on the London Stock Exchange.

International & Digital Director
Jess
Jess Shepherd joined Debenhams in September 2015 as the Brand Development Director. In April 2018 she was appointed to the Strategy Director and in November 2018 her remit was extended to cover the International Division. In September 2019 she was appointed to the business’ Executive Committee with additional responsibility for Debenhams’ Digital and Online business. Jess brings a wealth of retail experience to Debenhams which has been gained over the last 17 years in a number of operational and strategic roles.
Chief Restructuring Officer
Erin
Erin was appointed to the business’ Executive Committee in September 2019 as Chief Restructuring Officer and Interim Director of Marketing. Erin is an experienced turnaround and transformation specialist from professional services firm Alvarez and Marsal. Erin brings a wealth of retail industry experience having worked both as an operator and adviser to a number of European retail and private equity businesses.

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