LONDON — Liberty has made two promotions aimed at positioning the retailer for further growth ahead of its planned stock market entry in 2018.
Scott Tepper has been named buying director for fashion, while Gina Ritchie will become buying director for beauty, jewelry and accessories. Both positions are new.
Tepper and Ritchie are to report to Ed Burstell, Liberty’s managing director, and to Marco Capello, the store’s executive chairman and the managing partner of Bluegem, Liberty’s private equity owner.
As reported, Liberty plans to list on the London Stock Exchange in a bid to preserve its independence and allow Bluegem to exit.
Tepper joined Liberty last year as head of collaborations, overseeing key projects with Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as bringing new lines to the store.
In his new role, he will continue to work alongside the Liberty Art Fabrics team to identify and create future collaboration projects, while also working closely with Burstell and the buying and merchandising team to grow Liberty’s fashion offering, the retailer said.
Before joining Liberty, Tepper worked as head of luxury at Kurt Geiger for three years, and has worked on the buying teams at Henri Bendel, Villa Moda and Bergdorf Goodman.
Ritchie joined Liberty in 2009 as beauty buyer and became head of beauty and accessories in 2012.
She began her career at Harvey Nichols, opening stores in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin. She later headed Becca Cosmetics’ European division for two years, before joining the beauty buying team at Harrods.