Richard Jones is to join Debenhams as trading director, global sourcing.
His appointment follows the recent arrival of Steven Cook as managing director of fashion and home and will further strengthen Debenhams’ own brand product proposition.
Jones joins with a proven track record of buying and merchandising roles along with optimised sourcing and supply chain experience.
He played a significant part in developing the Sainsbury’s TU clothing apparel business and brand.
He has also held senior commercial and operational roles at Marks and Spencer plc, Tesco plc and Target, Australia.
Joining the business on 5 February, Jones’ responsibilities will include leading Debenhams’ product development and sourcing team, which includes overseas hubs in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
On appointing Jones, Angela Morrison, Debenhams’ IT and supply chain director, says: “Richard joins Debenhams with excellent knowledge and credentials in both sourcing and product development.
“He will undoubtedly be a real asset as he leads Debenhams UK and international teams to improve our product offer as we continue to implement the Debenhams Redesigned strategy.”
“I am delighted to join the team at Debenhams,” adds Jones. “The brand occupies a unique and trusted position with customers and has created a strong house of brands.
“I am excited to lead on developing sourcing capabilities and to be a part of the Debenhams Redesigned strategy.”