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Harvey Nichols deputy chair Stacey Cartwright to step down

The Harvey Nichols deputy chair and former CEO, Stacey Cartwright, will step away from the business on 30 April, it was announced today.

Cartwright left the CEO role she had held at the premium department store chain for nearly four years in September, as part of a board reshuffle that saw the appointment of co-chief operating officers. Those co-COOs, Daniela Rinadi and Manju Malhotra, will lead the business going forward – there won’t be a direct replacement for Cartwright at this stage.

According to the retailer, the transition to the new management structure which began last autumn is now complete.

Cartwright will focus on developing a portfolio of non-executive interests when she departs the organisation next month.

She said: “It has been a privilege to have led Harvey Nichols through the first stage of the brand rejuvenation over the past four years.

“The physical refurbishment of the Knightsbridge flagship store is well advanced, while the digital development of the brand has also achieved significant progress. I leave the business in the excellent hands of Daniela and Manju, and will be an admiring fan and customer going forward.”

In a joint statement, the co-COOs said: “We thank Stacey for her great contribution to Harvey Nichols over these last four years and wish her well in her new non-executive career.”

The announcement comes after Harvey Nichols announced a number of noteworthy digital moves earlier this month.

The retailer will become the first department store group to sell its products on luxury online marketplace platform Farfetch later this year, as part of a concerted effort to grow its brand overseas and enhance its eCommerce operations.

Hong Kong parent company Dickson Concepts also revealed that it is developing technology in its stores in Asia that will enable customers there to access fashion advisory services and full product ranges from the company’s flagship London store.