House of Fraser operating and IT chiefs to depart

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House of Fraser’s chief operating and information officers are set to depart the business as a result of a restructure of the executive team.

Peter Gross, chief operating officer since 2008, and Julian Burnett, chief information officer since 2015, are leaving the department store chain to make way for Gary Slattery, who has been promoted to the newly created role of executive director for retail, and Gary Monk, who has been promoted to executive director for operations.

Slattery, who has been House of Fraser’s transformation director since last year, will focus on developing the customer experience in stores in his new role.

Meanwhile, Monk’s new post will see him looking after the business technology and the supply chain.

“[Slattery and Monk] are already delivering key elements of House of Fraser’s transformation and these new roles give them the ability move at pace to ensure the critical delivery of the major programmes underway across the business,” a House of Fraser spokeswoman said.

The restructure is also part of House of Fraser’s ongoing transformation programme under chief executive Alex Williamson.

Williamson, who has only been at the helm since the end of July, is slated to present his strategy in April, at the end of the first fiscal quarter for the retailer.

The news comes amid challenging times for House of Fraser, which recently revealed falling sales amid its Christmas trading update.

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