Liberty group appoints new chief executive

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Retail stores, the AIM-listed company which acquired the Liberty department store group in July, has appointed the former Coats Viyella director Fiona Harrison as chief executive. She joins the company on 4 December and replaces Michelle Jobling, who left her position as Liberty's managing director earlier this year.

Retail stores, the AIM-listed company which acquired the Liberty department store group in July, has appointed the former Coats Viyella director Fiona Harrison as chief executive. She joins the company on 4 December and replaces Michelle Jobling, who left her position as Liberty's managing director earlier this year.

Ms Harrison, 49, spent 14 years with Clairol before joining Coats Viyella in 1991. She spent seven years as chief executive of its fashion retail division which includes the Jaeger and Viyella stores.

Ms Harrison will be responsible for re-establishing Liberty as an international luxury brand and for re-focusing the group's retail operations which are centred on the flagship building on Regent Street in the West End of London.

Ms Harrison said: "I believe this is a tremendous opportunity to re-establish the Liberty brand which has suffered from under investment and a lack of clear strategic direction, both here and overseas.

Retail Stores is 68 per cent owned by the property group Marylebone Warwick Balfour.

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