Matalan makes double leadership appointment

22nd June 2023 | Jack Oliver

Matalan has made two senior leadership appointments as part of its ongoing transformation programme.

Phil Hackney has been appointed as chief supply chain operator and Katherine Davis has been made the fashion and homeware retailer’s chief retail officer.

Taking up his position on July 3, Hackney will be tasked with providing “executional excellence” across Matalan’s logistics and supply chain. He has previously worked as chief operating officer at The Very Group and has also held roles at Pets at Home and Boots.

Davis will join the retailer on July 10 and will look to execute Matalan’s retail strategy. Prior to this role, she was global retail director at Paperchase, and has held positions at Pets at Home, Asda, and Mark & Spencer, where she spent 18 years.

Both new appointments will report directly to Matalan CEO Jo Whitfield, who said: “I am thrilled to welcome Phil and Katherine as two great new additions to the senior executive team as we continue to move at pace through our transformation. We will be able to benefit from their deep industry experience as they support Matalan’s executional excellence in their respective focus areas.”

The two new roles have been created following the stepping down of Mike Jeans as operations director, who leaves the business after 20 years.


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