New finance director joins Moss Bros

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Menswear specialist Moss Bros has appointed Tony Bennett as group finance director from multi-channel menswear retailer Charles Tyrwhitt.

Mr Bennett will take over the role from Robin Piggott, who announced his intention to retire in September 2015.

It is anticipated that Mr Bennett will join the business on the August 15 and though Mr Piggott will step down from the board at the company’s AGM in May, he will continue to work with the group until the new FD joins.

Mr Bennett is currently the finance director for Charles Tyrwhitt, the multi-channel Menswear retailer, which he joined in 2009.

Prior to that he was the head of commercial finance at Selfridges Retail and before that chief financial officer at Confetti Network.

The group has also announced the appointment of Paula Minowa as chief operating officer. Ms Minowa will join Moss Bros on March 1 and will become a member of the executive committee, reporting to chief executive Brian Brick.

She was previously the CEO for STRAUSS INNOVATION GmbH, a German multi-channel Lifestyle retailer and prior to that she held a variety of general management, brand management and merchandising roles for leading retailers, including MD at Ann Summers, brand and communications director for ASDA and MD for Boots Retail Taiwan.

Mr Brick said:“I am delighted to welcome both Tony and Paula to Moss Bros Group. Tony has considerable experience across a variety of different consumer businesses, with different channel strategies and will no doubt bring valuable insights to the business.

“Paula brings strong experience in brand management, multi-channel expertise and first class general management credentials in International businesses.

“We have in recent years established Moss Bros as a growing and successful Menswear business.

“Tony and Paula join us at a time where we have considerable opportunity to leverage the Moss Bros brand further in new channels and new territories.

“I believe that their combined experience will allow them to make an immediate contribution. I am personally very excited about leading the business through this next phase of growth and am looking forward very much to working with them both.

“Once again, we’d like to thank Robin for the great contribution he has made and wish him well in his retirement.”

Last month Moss Bross said it was trading in line with market expectations, with like-for-like sales for the first 23 weeks of the second half up 4.2 per cent on last year.

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