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Retail Executives appoints partner and associate directors

Retail Executives has appointed former head of executive search at Dixons Retail, Matthew Parry, as partner.


Parry’s (pictured) main focus with be expanding the retail executive search capabilities of the business, covering all areas of retail, hospitality and leisure at C-Suite and board level. Having held a number of senior positions at international executive search firms, including Norman Broadbent and Barracuda Search, Parry joins Retail Executives from Stonehaven International.


Jean-Pierre Gadsdon, along with Jane Carver, have also joined Retail Executives as associate directors. Gadsdon has a long and accomplished history within the talent acquisition domain, working with some of the UK’s retailers and hospitality brands, working for George at ASDA, moving on to FatFace, Carluccio’s and River Island.


Carver trained in retail buying with Arcadia Group and Etam, before transferring her skills to HQ talent acquisition. With 11 years’ agency recruitment under her belt, Carver moved in-house to lead the talent teams of Calvin Klein, Jaeger and Clarks where she specialised in growing and developing their direct talent acquisition strategies, executive recruitment and partnering with the people teams to support their retention and succession planning both across the UK and Europe.


Richard Hollister, managing partner of Retail Executives, said, “Matthew brings to the firm a wealth of invaluable experience of not just executing senior board levels roles, but acquiring and retaining client and candidate relationships. Matthew has the same ethos as the rest of the team in making this the number one retail executive search firm and, being candidate focused. Matthew will build a team of highly skilled recruiters in the retail realm to grow the firm.

Darren Topp, chairman of Retail Executives, said, "I would like to welcome Matt, Jane and JP to Retail Executives. Richard is building a world class team as we look to build the Retail Executives business with our clear candidate focused strategy, which delivers the very best talent to our clients.”


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