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Former International Director of Debenhams plc. Responsible for growing and leading Debenhams 70+ Franchise Stores and the wholly owned Debenhams business in the Republic of Ireland whilst also executing the role of CEO of Magasin du Nord in Denmark.
An International hands on Retail Leader who has worked as an MD and CEO and Non Executive Director in UK ,European and International markets for both privately and publicly owned companies.
In depth knowledge of the UK and International Department Stores sector, whilst having previously worked for leading UK Brands in Women’s fashion, Childrenswear and Footwear .
Experienced in entering new International markets using and managing JV’s, Franchising and wholly owned business models using various channels.
Currently acting as a Non Executive Director and Retail Advisor to a small number of small/medium private retail and tech businesses.
Francis's Career History
Director, Non Exec, Advisor, Consultant
Helping small and medium sized UK and International businesses grow and enter new markets. Currently supporting and advising a digital recruitment start up, a stock control and merchandising business, a sports company, amongst others.
A medium sized ladies and children’swear UK Fashion Brand which needed help on its strategy and direction to help it focus on its key areas for growth and consolidation whilst helping to put in place more discipline into its processes.
Responsible for the integration of the 11 store Irish business into the International Division after very difficult trading in the market following the 2008 economic crises in Ireland.
Turnover stabilised at £190m with Profit £3m Ebitda
I was appointed as CEO to lead the new MdN Team and drive performance in the current stores and formulate a growth strategy through new store openings, E Commerce and cross border expansion.
Turnover of c£300m with Profits of £20m Ebitda
Ermes is the largest retail group in Cyprus. Listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange (ERME).
The Group trades and manages franchised brands such as Debenhams, Oviesse, Next, Cortefiel, Springfield, Peacocks and Spar supermarkets
Leading the Debenhams International Division which includes (1)Franchise Stores ,(2) the Cyprus JV, (3) Magasin du Nord ( Denmark) and (4)Debenhams in Republic of Ireland.
Total Retail Sales value £900m and Profits of £45m Ebitda (35% of Co Total) in 2016
Responsible for the International expansion strategy and execution into Middle East and Asian Markets for Wallis, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse,Richards and Adams.
Responsible for the re engineering and recovery of a loss making business of ;
27 stores in Spain, 11 in Holland and 4 in Germany.
Realigned the business processes in each market whilst considering the specific customer requirements, refining the product selection processes and improving retail disciplines and shortening the supply chain.
Turnover £40m Profit £1.5m Ebitda
Evaluated and assessed the Hush Puppies store concept.
Built a structure with processes capable of supporting an intense rollout from site selection to store delivery and performance measurement.
Organised the rapid rollout of the concept to 127 stores in 18 months with sales of £100m and Profits of £10m Ebitda
Based in Dublin ,responsible for Brands such as Saxone, Dolcis, FHW, Curtess, Trueform etc
29 stores and 30+ Concessions in Dept Stores in Republic of Ireland plus further 31 stores in N. Ireland.
Appointed to close down the loss making business in the Republic of Ireland however, after my initial assessment, made it possible to turn it around by realigning its practices and product supply back into the individual UK businesses.