Arcadia property director steps down for same role at John Lewis

Arcadia Group property director

The property director of retail empire Arcadia Group has announced he would be exiting the company to take up similar role a John Lewis.

Chris Harris has worked at Arcadia – which is run by Sir Philip Green and operates Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Outfit and Burton – for 10 years.

“Chris has done a great 10 years with us and I‘m very happy that he‘s managed to secure such a great job,” Green said.

Harris’ departure is the latest in what has been an exodus and reshuffle of senior figures at Arcadia this year.

The most notable was the departure of Mary Homer in March, who left her role as Topshop managing director after 11 years to join The White Company as chief executive.

As a result, Paul Price was poached from Burberry to become the chief executive of Topshop and Topman, while  David Hagglund was hired to take on the newly-created combined creative director role for Topshop and Topman.

Other notable departures include  Topshop/Topman retail director Craig McGregor,  Topshop/Topman global commercial director Matt Brewster,  Burton managing director Wesley Taylor and Miss Selfridge creative director Yasmin Yusuf.

Outfit has also recently appointed Mothercare’s James Graham as its new managing director.

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  1. Is this news for High Streets who suffer negligent by Arcadia who have lot of vacant properties and don’t engage locally to tackle void and eyesores. Hope a new breath of fresh air changes attitudes.


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