Mothercare unveils restructured team

Published on: 13th March 2015

Mothercare has restructured its executive team, promoting Matt Stringer to chief operating officer and hiring Shop Direct’s Gary Kibble.

mothercare-logo-vectorThe move comes as part of the company’s plans to focus on the digital side of the business.

Gary Kibble is the former director of business transformation at Shop Direct and will join Mothercare later this month as group brand and marketing director. He will oversee all e-commerce activity for the Mothercare and Early Learning Centre brands.

Sarah Purkis is joining as group HR director and will lead the company’s global training and development programme. She is currently chief people officer of World Duty Free Group.

Richard Smothers, who was with Tesco for 14 years, will start his role as chief financial officer later this month. He replaces Matt Smith, who has now joined Debenhams.

Matt Stringer, previously UK commercial director, has been appointed chief operating officer and Karl Doyle, former group merchandising director, has been appointed group buying and merchandising director.

Mothercare chief executive Mark Newton-Jones said: “Last autumn we laid out the future vision and strategy for our business and made clear the need to modernise in order to achieve our ambition. I am confident that this new team, with its wealth of digital, customer, product and transformation expertise, will deliver this.”


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