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Moss Bros appoints Joules CEO as new director

Men’s fashion retailer Moss Bros has appointed Colin Porter as its new non-executive director, effective 18 March 2019.

According to the retailer, Porter will become chairman of the company following its AGM in May 2019, when, as part of the board’s succession planning, the current chairman, Debbie Hewitt, will retire on the ninth anniversary of her appointment.

Porter is the CEO of Joules, where, since 2010, he has led the development of the business through a successful international multichannel strategy, growing both sales and profits.

He oversaw the successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the business on to AIM, a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, in May 2016. Prior to his role at Joules, he has held various senior management roles in the retail sector.

Hewitt said: “I am delighted to have delivered on my commitment to provide a strong successor and well planned transition. As well as his proven multi-channel experience, Colin brings broad strategic, international, retailing skills, within a private and listed board environment.

“I am sure that he will bring strong leadership to our board and all of the skills required for the next stage in our development. We look forward very much to welcoming him.”

Commenting on his appointment, Porter added: “I am really excited to be joining the board and taking up the role of chairman of Moss Bros, which is a company with a great heritage, committed colleagues and tremendous opportunities for growth. I am looking forward to working with Brian Brick, our CEO and the rest of the team.”

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