The former chief executive of House of Fraser who grabbed headlines in November for his sudden resignation has just been hired in the same role for homeware and garden retailer The Range.
Nigel Oddy had been chief executive of the department store chain for less than two years when he resigned right before the crucial Christmas trading period, amid speculation of an internal row with parent company Sanpower Group.
However, at House of Fraser’s recent five-year strategy presentation to the press, they denied there was any conflict with the Chinese firm and Oddy remained with the retailer until early spring.
According to Drapers, Oddy will begin his role as chief executive of The Range on May 1.
Currently run by founder Chris Dawson, The Range was founded in 1989 in Plymouth and has 137 stores across the UK.
Dawson is expected to step into the role of executive chairman to make way for Oddy.
“The appointment of Nigel really takes us to the next level and allows us to continue with our planned projects at high speed,” Dawson told Drapers.
“He has an extensive retail background and I am confident that he will fit in very well with the current team. Nigel will work closely with myself.”
House of Fraser is expected to announce its new chief executive by the end of April.