// Phase Eight MD Simon Pickering is set to leave the company this year
// The fashion retailer promoted its head of buying Sally Piasecki to product director
Phase Eight has announced that its managing director Simon Pickering will leave the business at the end of April.
Pickering joined the fashion retailer as managing director in 2019 from rival brand Reiss, where he had served as chief digital officer since 2017.
Prior to this, he held several director roles at House of Fraser, Fat Face and Arcadia Group.
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Meanwhile, Phase Eight has promoted its head of buying Sally Piasecki, to the role of product director.
She will report directly into Phase Eight’s owner TFG London managing director Justin Hampshire, and will work alongside the existing senior team.
“Against a backdrop of significant disruption and change, I am really proud of what we have achieved at Phase Eight in recent years and look forward to keeping abreast of progress as the team continues to drive forward the development of the brand,” Pickering said.
TFG London chief executive Ben Barnett said: “Simon has established a clear direction for the continued development of the Phase Eight brand and we are grateful for his leadership and dedication.
“As the UK retail market gradually recovers from the Covid crisis, we are excited to own a portfolio of exceptional international womenswear brands that are well positioned for a swift recovery.
“Within TFG London we have an enormously talented team in place, that give me every confidence in our ability to deliver the next phase of our growth.”
Separately, Phase Eight was among the retailers to sign a deal with Marks & Spencer in January to sell its clothes on the retailer’s online platform and in its stores.
M&S has also struck deals with Joules, Hobbs and Seasalt.