Footwear and apparel brand Hunter has confirmed that James Seuss will step down as its chief executive later this month to “pursue a new opportunity”.

An interim leadership committee consisting of the new existing senior management team including creative director Alasdhair Willis, chief financial officer Benedict Smith, product and sourcing director Julie Rafferty and Wendy Svarre, CEO and president of America will manage the business until a successor is found.

The company has confirmed the search for a replacement is underway and that they are looking for a candidate “to lead Hunter through its next phase of growth.”

Commenting on Seuss’ departure, Hunter chairman Oliver Haarmann, said: “We would like to thank Jim for his service to Hunter. The business has continued to see high sales growth and increasing brand awareness during his tenure, through a transformational period for the brand.”

Seuss joined Hunter as CEO in December 2012 and has been responsible for increasing brand awareness as well as develop the business into a global lifestyle brand. During his tenure, he also opened the brand's first flagship store on London’s Regent Street and established a joint venture with Itochu in Japan to develop the brand in that market.

Prior to joining Hunter, Seuss has held various senior management positions within luxury retailing including at Cole Haan, Tourneau LLC, Stella McCartney, Harry Winston and Tiffany and Co.

 

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