An evening with Alan White CEO of JD Williams
Tuesday 4th September 2012
The Fashion Network presents:
AN EVENING WITH ALAN WHITE CEO OF N BROWN GROUP PLC
The Future of Multi-Channel Retail...
NOTE: LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN THOMAS RESTAURANT & BAR...
When: 6:30pm, Tuesday 4th September 2012
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The Fashion Network presents: The Retail Series No 1- THE FUTURE OF MULTI CHANNEL RETAIL. We speak with Alan White, CEO of multi-channel retailer the N Brown Group Plc, who boast an impressive portfolio of brands including JD WILLIAMS, SIMPLY BE, HIGH & MIGHTY, JACAMO & FASHION WORLD. We speak with him about the future of multi channel retil, the N Brown Group and where he sees the future of retail as a whole.
Topics under discussion include:
*From clicks to bricks- As online sales continue to grow and outdo the high street, how bricks and mortar stores can survive*
Alan White has been the CEO of N Brown Group plc, a FT250 home shopping retailer with revenues of £750m, since 2002. In this period the operating profits have risen from £63m to over £100m and online sales have risen from 3% to 50% of the total. His first term with the group started as Finance Director in 1985 when turnover was only £42m and pre-tax profit £4.6m and over the next 14 years there were exciting levels of growth year after year.
In 1999 he joined as group finance director of Littlewoods plc, which had revenues of £2.5bn from home shopping catalogues, the Index and Littlewoods stores, football pools, Shop!, television shopping channel and an extensive financial services business.
Alan graduated with a law degree from Warwick University and then qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, before joining Sharp Electronics for 5 years in a senior financial role. He also sits on the board of Topps Tiles plc as a non-executive director, a role he previously held with J D Sports plc.
Alan is on the regional council of the CBI in the North West of England having been Chairman from 2010 to 2013 and sits on the Business Leadership Council for the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.
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