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Shop Direct hires its first business development director


Shop Direct has hired its first business development director to help grow commercial partnerships, as the UK’s second largest pureplay online retailer continues its rapid growth.

Sally-Anne Newson, who started at Shop Direct on last week, brings 16 years of retail experience to her new role and will work to develop the retailer’s digital, marketing and trading business.

She has previously held roles at online fashion retailer Atterley, where she was chief exeutive; ASOS, where she was business development director, and the largest multi-channel retailer in Australia Woolworths Group, where she was head of multichannel retail. 

Newson also spent eight years at eBay in Australia, where she rose to head of buyer experience. 

“Shop Direct’s recent transformation has been stellar. I’m excited to be joining such an ambitious, digital business,” she said.

“Supplier relationships have been critical in Shop Direct’s transformation to date, and I can’t wait to continue creating and nurturing partnerships that can take us to the next level.”

Shop Direct chief executive Alex Baldock said: “Building strong partnerships with innovative, like-minded companies is helping us offer the best experience for our customers. 

“That’s why we’ve brought in Sally-Anne. She’s got the skills to take us even further; developing new and existing relationships to accelerate our journey towards world class.”

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Published on Thursday 28 July by Elias Jahshan

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