LONDON — Could ex-Burberry chief financial officer Stacey Cartwright be in line to succeed Joseph Wan as chief executive officer of Harvey Nichols?
Industry sources here said Cartwright, who left Burberry in July, is the front-runner for the Harvey Nicks role, and that a new ceo for the department store will be named in the coming weeks.
Cartwright is well known in the industry for her charm, smarts, and experience building a brand on an international scale. During a Burberry conference call in April, she said that she planned to take some time off, and was looking to move on to “a consumer-facing chief executive role in 2014. But I’m in no rush to commit, and it will be at the end of the year at the earliest.”
Wan denied that an appointment had been made.
He took over as the store’s ceo in 1992, shortly after it was acquired by the Hong Kong-based Dickson Concepts. He helmed the store throughout its Nineties heyday, and helped to take it public on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. It was subsequently delisted in 2003, and is wholly owned by Dickson Concepts.
Wan oversaw the brand’s expansion into catering, namely the launch of its fifth-floor food hall and restaurant and the Oxo Tower restaurant, bar and brasserie on London’s South Bank. He also directed the retailer’s expansion into more U.K. cities, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Indonesia and Turkey.