// Manju Malhotra named new Harvey Nichols CEO with immediate effect
// The appointment is a promotion for her, after leading the business as co-COO
Harvey Nichols has announced the appointment of Manju Malhotra as its new chief executive with immediate effect.
The move is a promotion for Malhotra, who has been the department store’s chief operating officer since 2018.
She shared that position with Daniela Rinaldi, up until late last year when Rinaldi exited Harvey Nichols.
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Harvey Nichols has not had an official chief executive since late 2017, when a leadership reshuffle saw then-chief executive Stacy Cartwright step into the role of deputy chairman.
Since then, Rinaldi and Malhotra have led the retailer as co-chief operating officers, with Malhotra taking the reins on her own after Rinaldi left.
Malhotra first joined Harvey Nichols in 1998 as an internal audit manager and held various roles, working her way up to group finance director in 2010 and then co-chief operating officer eight years later.
In her new role as chief executive, she will be responsible for all of Harvey Nichols’ UK and international stores, and its ecommerce business.
Malhotra will also continue to report directly into chairman Sir Dickson Poon, who also owns Harvey Nichols.
She will also work closely with Pearson Poon, executive director, who is based in Hong Kong.
“Over the past 22 years Manju has repeatedly demonstrated her ability in finance and through her time as chief operating officer and in particular this year, she has also demonstrated her leadership in developing strategies and optimising business performance during one of the most challenging business environments in recent history,” Poon said.