The appointment of Mark Newton-Jones follows the news of former CEO Simon Calver’s departure from the firm last month.

Mothercare appoints former Shop Direct boss as interim CEO

Baby and parent specialist Mothercare Plc has appointed former Group CEO of Shop Direct Mark Newton-Jones as its interim CEO.

The appointment follows the news of former CEO Simon Calver’s departure from the firm last month.

From March 17th, Newton-Jones will step into the role, reporting to Mothercare’s Chairman, as the board continues its search for a permanent CEO.

Newton-Jones was previously the Group CEO for Shop Direct, where he instrumented the transformation of the firm to the UK’s leading internet and home shopping business.

With a career spanning 30 years, Newton-Jones also held positions with Next Plc.

Alan Parker, Chairman of Mothercare Plc, said: “We are delighted to have secured the appointment of Mark as our interim CEO. His leadership skills and depth of experience in retailing through stores and online will further enhance our drive to deliver the recovery of the UK business to complement the strong and growing international operations.

“We look forward to welcoming Mark to Mothercare on March 17th.”

Newton-Jones added: “I am very much looking forward to working alongside Alan, the board and the executive team of Mothercare, and to help in the transformation of the UK business while we continue to grow the successful international division.”

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