LONDON — Rupert Maunsell has been named chief executive officer of Jonathan Saunders, and took up his role earlier this week.
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An announcement is expected today.
Most recently operations director at Mary Katrantzou, Maunsell has held senior management and operational positions at brands including Avenue 32 and Temperley London.
He is the first ceo at Jonathan Saunders, and will help make a series of key hires across the business in order to execute the growth of the brand following private investment earlier this year, according to the company.
The Jonathan Saunders studio will also relocate later this month to new premises in Clerkenwell to support the expansion.
“I have always admired Jonathan’s work immensely, and feel fortunate to be working with such a great talent. I look forward to developing this fantastic British brand together,” said Maunsell.
Saunders said Maunsell’s appointment is “a significant step for the brand, and I’m excited about his forward-thinking approach to expansion. We have a shared vision, and I’m looking forward to working together to actualize it.”
Eiesha Bharti Pasricha, who invested in the company in January, called Maunsell’s appointment “the most crucial hire we have made to enable us to execute our vision. He is a remarkable individual with an exceptionally hands-on approach grounded in operations and strategy right from the grassroots level.
“I am certain we will be able to nurture the brand into its next phase with Jonathan’s creative direction, and Rupert at the helm,” she added.