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CIO John Bovill to leave Aurora Fashions


Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Aurora Fashions, John Bovill, has announced today that he is to leave the retailer.

After four years heading up the company’s IT department, Bovill will stand down at the end of June after overseeing the transition of his department to technology solutions company Retail Assist.

Aurora announced earlier this month that its IT and distribution services were to be outsourced to external companies and it seems that this prompted the CIO’s decision.

Bovill told Retail Gazette: “With the outsourcing to Retail Assist now feels like the right time to leave and the decision was made completely amicably by both parties.”

All of the current IT department at Aurora, some 48 employees, will be transferring to Retail Assist and although he is yet to secure employment elsewhere Bovill made the decision to take on new challenges.

Starting in retail at Harrods in 1992 as an executive trainee, Bovill worked at Sears Womenswear, Oasis and Mosiac Fashions before taking up his current role in 2006.

“I did not want to leave without knowing that there would be stability in the handover process and that is why I am staying until June,” he added.

“Of course, because we are outsourcing there will be disruption but it is our goal to make the process as seamless as possible.”

Retail Assist has a long business relationship with Aurora of over ten years and both partners believe that the deal will deliver economies of scale, cost synergies and best practice solutions for all for all their customers.

Mike Shearwood, CEO of Aurora Fashions, previously said: “This new structure is very much about growth. It builds on the positive results for the first half announced in November and the anticipated strong outcome for the year as a whole, following an improved performance in the second half, including positive like-for-like sales over the Christmas trading period.

“Significantly, this new organisational structure reinforces the focus of all the brands on satisfying the needs of their customers.”

Published on Tuesday 18 January by Editorial Assistant

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