Debenhams appoints first female board-level executive director

Suzanna Harlow was yesterday promoted to Debenhams board of directors, becoming the first female board-level executive director at the department store.

Harlow has worked at the retailer since 1994, and as group trading director since 2008.

Nigel Northridge, chairman of Debenhams, said: “We are delighted to welcome Suzanne to the board. We have made significant improvements to our customer proposition under her direction and we look forward to her continued contribution to all aspects of the business as a member of the board.”

The news was announced as the retail industry faces continued pressure to appoint more women to the boards of UK businesses. Writing for My-Retail Media, former chief executive of The Garden Centre Group, Nicholas Marshall last week called on retailers to realise “a huge reservoir of, as yet, untapped talent” by underrepresenting women in the workplace.


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