Glassons splits CEO role

GlassonsWomenswear brand Glassons has split its chief executive role after the departure of Di Humphries last month.

In a statement, Hallenstein Glassons group CEO Mark Goddard said following Humphries resignation as Glassons CEO a review was undertaken of the Glassons leadership structure and the decision was taken to have both a New Zealand and Australian-based CEO. Both will report to Goddard.

April Pokaia has been appointed as CEO of Glassons New Zealand, effective from December; while  James Glasson, GM of Glassons Australia, has been promoted to CEO Glassons Australia, effective immediately.

Humphries resigned after a year-and-a-half in the role, returning to the Glassons to help its turnaround strategy.

Humphries rejoined the Auckland-based retailer in April last year after a stint as chief executive of Pumpkin Patch before it sank.

She had run Glassons before the shift to Pumpkin Patch and her return has previously been touted as helping turn the business around.

“Di rejoined the company in April 2016 with a specific mandate to lead a key transformational change, build an effective management team and restore profitability,” Hallenstein Glasson chief executive Mark Goddard said.

“Having substantially achieved those objectives, Di has now resigned to pursue other interests and projects.”

Hallenstein Glasson boosted sales 7 per cent and profit by 25 per cent in the year ended August 1, bouncing back from 2016 when the struggling women’s wear division and a margin squeeze from increasingly expensive imports sapped earnings.

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