N Brown announces departure of chairman Andrew Higginson

Andy Higginson.  Picture Tony Johnson
Andy Higginson. Picture Tony Johnson
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Andrew Higginson is to step down as chairman of plus-size retailer N Brown after almost five years in the role in order to “pursue opportunities in private equity”.

N Brown said Mr Higginson will remain as chairman during the search for his replacement and through what it called “an orderly handover period”.

Chief executive Angela Spindler said: “I would like to thank Andy for his support and advice since my appointment as CEO almost four years ago.

“Andy has led the group during a period of significant transformation and his dedication and insight have made a significant contribution to this process.”

Profits at N Brown fell 20% to £57.6 million last year as the firm was stung by exceptional costs relating to the mis-selling of PPI.

N Brown took a £25.2 million hit to cover compensation for customers after the deadline for settling claims was set for August 2019.

The retailer offers consumer credit via a business which helps shoppers pay for products.

N Brown has also recently signed a partnership with Tesco to sell its Power, Simply Be and Jacamo brands on the supermarket’s website.

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