LONDON – Tania Foster-Brown, the longtime communications director of Arcadia Group and a company stalwart, has been named marketing and communications director at Selfridges.
Foster-Brown, who will also become a member of Selfridges’ executive board, will join the company in June. She fills a position left vacant by Richard Taylor, who left at the end of 2013, and will report to Selfridges’ managing director Anne Pitcher.
Foster-Brown joined Arcadia Group, parent of brands including Topshop, Topman, Bhs, Miss Selfridge and Evans, as p.r. director in 2000, and in 2002 her remit expanded to include corporate relations and strategy.
In 2007, she was promoted to p.r. and communications director, seeing the group through major milestones including the launch of Kate Moss collections for the store, the expansion of Topshop in the U.S. and Asia, and the sale of a 25 percent stake in Topshop and Topman to Leonard Green and Partners.
She also worked closely with Arcadia’s owner Sir Philip Green and with Arcadia’s chief executive officer Ian Grabiner on the other brands within the group, as well as on Topshop’s NewGen sponsorship of young talent during London Fashion Week, and on London’s Fashion Retail Academy, founded by Arcadia a decade ago.
Before joining Topshop she was head of p.r. for what was then known as the Asprey Group, and has worked for Mappin and Webb, Watches of Switzerland and Condé Nast.