The Yoox Net-A-Porter group has appointed Deborah Lee as its new chief people officer.
Starting her new role in January 2017, Lee will be responsible for defining the HR vision of the company – which owns online retailers Net-A-Porter, Yoox and Mr Porter – through culture, leadership and management strategies.
She will also manage the global HR team with direct reports in Milan, Bologna, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Lee will be based in Yoox Net-A-Porter’s London offices and will report to chief executive Federico Marchetti.
“Building an outstanding Leadership Team has been at the top of my agenda since our group was born close to a year ago and a lot of our energy went into identifying the perfect candidate for this crucial role,” Marchetti said.
“Deborah has a proven track-record at the highest level in a successful tech-driven organisation. This experience, coupled with her international background, will be invaluable: people are at the heart of this business and it is critical that we give them every opportunity to develop and grow for future success.”
Lee brings 20 years of experience leading international HR functions for a number of BT Group’s organisations, such as leading the people and culture integration stream for BT Group’s £12.5 billion acquisition of EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator.
Most recently, she served as chief HR officer at BT Global Services.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the company that introduced consumers to online shopping for luxury 16 years ago,” Lee said.
“I look forward to joining Yoox Net-A-Porter’s strong leadership team and working to develop and grow talent across the group.”
The Yoox Net-a-Porter Group was formed in 2015 after a merger between Yoox and Net-a-Porter.