WWD has learned that the retailer has made two internal promotions in the wake of chief merchant Marigay McKee’s resignation. As reported, McKee is leaving the Knightsbridge store to become president of Saks Fifth Avenue later this year.
Harrods is expected to reveal the appointments today.
Helen David has been promoted to fashion director of women’s wear, accessories, fine jewelry and children’s wear, while Jason Broderick will become fashion director of men’s wear, sports and watches.
Both positions are new, and David and Broderick will report to Harrods’ managing director Michael Ward, who said, “Both are excellent merchants with an exceptional eye for luxury, playing an integral part in developing the world-class offer that Harrods is known for.”
David and Broderick will also join the senior merchant team, which includes Bruce Langlands, director of food and beverages, and Annalise Quest, director of homeware.
David was formerly general merchandise manager of women’s wear and fine jewelry. She will add accessories and children’s wear to her remit, and in doing so, will oversee buying teams responsible for more than two-thirds of the store.
She has been at Harrods for six years, and oversaw the redesign and layout of the International Designer Rooms, the launch of Fashion Lab on the store’s fourth floor, and the soon-to-be-launched Fine Jewellery Room on the ground floor.
Broderick, who joined Harrods in 1998, was previously general merchandise manager of men’s wear, sports and watches, and will continue to oversee “three of the key growth areas for the business,” Harrods said.
The company added that Broderick has played a “pivotal” role in the growth of the men’s business, overseeing the development of the Lower Ground International Designer Gallery and Fashion Lab, Ground Floor Tailoring department and Sports Floor on the fifth floor.
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