Jun 21, 2023
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Matalan hires Retail and Supply Chain execs as its Ops Director moves on

Jun 21, 2023

Value omnichannel fashion and homewares retailer Matalan has made two key senior executive appointments with Phil Hackney joining as Chief Supply Chain Operations Officer and Katherine Davis as Chief Retail Officer.

Phil Hackney

The creation of the new roles follows the decision by Operations Director Mike Jeans “to progress his career from executive retail to broader business advisory” following more than 20 years at Matalan. He departs in mid-July.

Reporting directly to CEO Jo Whitfield, those new roles have been created “to support Matalan’s transformation, unlocking improvements to the customer journey as the business targets future growth opportunities”. 

Hackney’s appointment, effective from 3 July, will make him responsible for “delivering executional excellence” across its logistics and supply chain. 

He joins the team with a “wealth of relevant logistics and supply chain experience”, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at The Very Group, and formerly in an executive role at Boots, as well as international experience at Tech Data Limited.   

Davis will join the business a week later as Chief Retail Officer, focusing on executing Matalan’s retail strategy. She brings “deep sector experience from senior retail operational positions”, most recently as Global Retail Director at Paperchase, and previously Asda plus its George at Asda label, and 18 years at M&S.
Whitfield described them 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.”

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