Kim Winser

LONDON — Kim Winser, the British retailer and founder of clothing brand Winser London, has been named independent, non-executive director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., which owns and operates The Peninsula Hotels and other luxury residential and commercial properties.

Her appointment takes effect from Jan. 1.

A British retail veteran, Winser was Marks & Spencer’s first female and youngest divisional board director, and ran both Pringle of Scotland and Aquascutum.

She also served as special adviser to the private equity group 3i; to Natalie Massenet during her years at Net-a-porter, and as chairman of Agent Provocateur. She is also a trustee of the Natural History Museum.

In 2013, Winser launched her women’s wear business, Winser London Ltd., where she deals directly with factories and manufacturers. The business launched with e-commerce and has since expanded to pop-up shops and wholesale accounts, with stores including John Lewis and Peter Jones in Britain and Flats Napa Valley, in California.

Winser said Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels has ambitious plans in key markets around the world.  The latest Peninsula hotel was opened last year in Paris and there are plans for a 190-room hotel in London’s Belgravia.

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