Superdry and Game CFOs depart

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Superdry and Game have both announced the imminent departures of their chief financial officers.

Superdry’s finance boss Nick Wharton, who has held the role since 2015, has announced his retirement from the fashion retailer.

On a date set to be confirmed in the second quarter of this year, he will be succeeded by Sainsbury’s current director of finance Ed Barker.

Barker has held various positions at the grocer since 2008 including interim chief financial officer, following a stint as financial controller at Burberry.

He will work with Wharton to ensure both a smooth transition and the completion of an audit of Superdry’s accounts.

“Nick has been a key part of the team leading the repositioning of Superdry as a global digital brand which has demonstrated world-leading capabilities and a strong track record of strategic and financial delivery,” chief executive Euan Sutherland said.

“I would like to thank him both personally and on behalf of the entire Board for his huge contribution to Superdry and wish him every success for the future.”

Meanwhile Game has revealed that Mark Gifford, who has held the role of chief financial officer for two-and-a-half years, is set to leave to pursue “other business and personal interests”.

A current successor has not been announced, but Gifford will remain at the retailer until the end of March to aid the transition period.

During his tenure he negotiated the sale of Game’s Multiplay Digital platform to Unity for £19 million and secured a new long-term bank facility in Spain, a key market for the retailer.

“Mark has worked incredibly hard to create a solid platform, from which we are transforming GAME,” chief executive Martyn Gibbs said in a statement.

“All of the team would like to take this opportunity to wish him the very best for the future.”

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