New finance director for Office

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The former managing director of Jane Norman is to become the finance director of Office, the shoe chain acquired for around £150m late last year.

Ian Findlay will join the branded footwear retailer over the coming weeks, marking a quick rebound for him since he exited Jane Norman before the fashion retailer crashed into administration in June.

West Coast Capital, the investment vehicle of the billionaire Sir Tom Hunter, sold Office to Silverfleet Capital, the private equity firm, last December.

Mr Findlay also held the role of finance director at Jane Norman before he was appointed as managing director in February, following the retirement of chief executive Saj Shah.

Office has more than 75 standalone shops in the UK and Republic of Ireland and delivered underlying profits of £18.5m, on sales of £146m in 2009.

Jane Norman was rescued out of administration by Edinburgh Woollen Mill.