Superdry founder becomes permanent chief executive
Julian Dunkerton won acrimonious battle for control of fashion brand in April
Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton
Mr Dunkerton, the group’s biggest shareholder with an 18.5 per cent stake, rejoined the board in April, prompting the existing directors, including chief executive Euan Sutherland, to resign en masse. Having served as interim chief executive since April 2nd, Mr Dunkerton’s title will now be chief executive and his contract will run until April 2021.
Mr Dunkerton’s return followed a string of profit warnings as the retailer struggled to expand beyond its sweatshirts, hoodies and jackets with random Japanese text and as demand fell in its wholesale and ecommerce business. In July the group reported a pretax loss of £85.4 million pounds for the 2018-19 year. Its shares have fallen 56 per cent over the last year.
Superdry’s board said Mr Dunkerton had agreed to continue in the role, overseeing his strategy to restore the brand to its design-led roots and lead the business back to growth. “Today’s announcement reflects the board’s unanimous view that he is the right person to lead the business through this initial crucial phase of the turnaround,” it said. Superdry said the board’s nomination committee will continue the process to find a long-term chief executive successor. Mr Dunkerton said his plan was “seeing early signs of progress” but cautioned “this will take time”. - Reuters