Asda appoints former M&S retail director as new George MD
ASDA has appointed ex-Marks and Spencer Retail Director, Anthony Thompson, as Managing Director of George, effective Monday 17th September 2007.
As a member of ASDA’s Executive Board, he will report directly to ASDA CEO Andy Bond. He will be responsible for managing the entire George clothing business in the UK, while helping further develop the brand internationally.
Anthony Thompson has a wealth of retail and clothing experience having held senior management positions across a number of companies including Marks and Spencer, Gap Europe and Blackwell Ltd.
Most recently as a member of the Executive Committee at Marks and Spencer, he held the position of Retail Director where he was responsible for introducing the management of stores by format including Flagships, Simply Foods and Retail Parks.
Prior to this he was Business Unit Director for Childrenswear where he developed experience in buying, merchandising, design and sourcing whilst leading the initial phase of the Childrenswear recovery. At Gap and Blackwell Ltd, he held MD level positions.
Andy Bond, ASDA CEO said: “Anthony will be a great asset to both George and ASDA and a valuable addition to my Executive team. He is an experienced clothing expert, has a real passion and enthusiasm for the brand, and proven leadership skills.”
Commenting on his appointment Anthony added: “George is a fantastic brand with a strong heritage built on great style, great quality and great value. George is also very special to our customers and colleagues. I’m delighted to be part of the ASDA team and feel really proud to be leading George.”