Fenwick appoints Simon Calver as new chairman

Fenwick has suffered widening full-year losses after enforced store closures drove a slump in sales during the coronavirus pandemic.
Footfall has fallen at the chain’s main Bond Street store due to a lack of office workers and tourists.
// Fenwick appoints Simon Calver as its new non-executive chairman
// He replaces interim chairman Steve Barber, who in turn stepped in after Richard Pennycock resigned last year

Fenwick has announced the appointment of Simon Calver as its new non-executive chairman.

Calver will replace Steve Barber who has been in the role on an interim basis for the last 12 months.

Barber stepped into the role in the wake of a boardroom shake up that saw the then- chairman Richard Pennycock resign from the family-owned department store retailer.


The shake-up also saw Robbie Feather step down as chief executive to be replaced by John Edgar.

The appointment of Calver was reportedly revealed internally this week.

He is a former boss of the DVD rental service Lovefilm and also had a stint as Mothercare chief executive.

“We are pleased to welcome Simon Calver to the role of chairman at Fenwick,” a spokesman said.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience leading retail, corporate and technology companies, and will be supporting Fenwick as we serve our customers and local communities through the pandemic recovery period and beyond.

“The board and the family would like to express their gratitude to Steve Barber, who as interim chair provided vital support throughout the significant challenges of the past year.

“He will leave in June with our best wishes for the future.”

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