passion for fashion: New CEO at Harvey Nichols luxury group

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HER former boss Angela Ahrendts hailed her as the most creative and commercial chief financial officer she had ever worked with, writes Bernard Ginns.

Now Stacey Cartwright has the chance to apply her skills to the top job after being appointed chief executive of Harvey Nichols.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Harvey Nichols at such an exciting time in the luxury retail market; a market which demonstrates significant potential and for which I have enormous passion. I am excited by the opportunity to further develop this world class brand both in the UK and internationally.”

Ms Cartwright joined Burberry in 2004 and transformed a brand seen as tarnished in some quarters into a £2bn global fashion giant. At Harvey Nichols, she is expected to launch an own-brand clothing range, roll out more overseas sites and develop e-commerce operations at the department store group. She replaces Joseph Wan, who steps down after 21 years in the role.

Dickson Poon, chairman and owner, said: “Stacey joins us with an outstanding track record in growing and transforming world class companies, most recently in the luxury retail sector.”

Harvey Nichols opened in Leeds in 1996, at the time its second store in the UK.

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