Harrys of London Appoints CEO
LONDON, ENGLAND – Harrys of London, a London-based luxury men’s footwear and accessories company, announces the appointment of Steven Newey to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 June 2015.
Newey brings with him deep commercial and strategic experience in luxury retailing in menswear and footwear on an international level. Most recently the Global Group Commercial Director at Mulberry, Newey has previously served as General Manager EMEA of Berluti and Retail Area Manager (UK, France, Germany and Austria) for Loro Piana. He has also held key roles at Alfred Dunhill and Tommy Hilfiger following his career launch at Hermes.
Steven Newey, CEO Harrys of London, commented “I am joining this business at an extraordinary time of expansion and global growth and I’m delighted to be working alongside such an experienced team. The next six months promise to be exciting and challenging as we take Harrys of London to new territories and new audiences.”
Marty Wikstrom, who has served as Interim CEO during the search process, will remain actively involved in the company as a board member and major shareholder.
Harrys of London was founded with the vision to set the benchmark for modern men’s footwear and accessories design, recognizing that traditional design technically crafted for modern life is most desirable. The Company’s shoes and accessories are sold in retail stores in the UK, UAE, Kuwait and Japan, online and in prestigious department stores and specialty retailers in more than 20 countries. Palladin Consumer Retail Partners (“Palladin”) made a control investment in Harrys in October 2014 to fund future growth.
Mark Schwartz, CEO of Palladin, commented “Steven’s knowledge of product, merchandising and customer service, and his focus on market strategy, made him the ideal person for this exciting role. We welcome Steven to the team and look forward to working with him as we continue to build Harrys of London into a global fashion brand. It also is important to thank Marty Wikstrom for leading the Company during this transition phase. Marty stepped in during a critical time in Harrys’ evolution to provide needed infrastructure and direction. Her strategic insights as a board member, partner and significant shareholder will benefit us tremendously as we move forward.”