Monday, May 16th, 10:30–11:10am
TRACK 2: Physical Retail Goes Digital
CEO, House of Fraser
Nigel Oddy, Chief Executive Officer, House of Fraser, has over 35 years' experience in the retail sector. His skill base covers retail, merchandising and buying, as well as sourcing. He has worked with factories across the world and has spent an extensive amount of time in the Far East. His first 23 years were spent with Marks & Spencer, which included time in Store Management, Buying and Merchandising, and setting up the Sourcing office and running the retail operation in Hong Kong. Following this, Nigel spent a number of years as MD of a small family owned Furniture Business in the North East of England, and then he joined SB Capital, an American private equity investor. Nigel joined House of Fraser following the takeover of the Business by the Highland consortium in January 2007, initially as Director of Home and Hospitality, but subsequently was made COO in January 2012 taking responsibility for Merchandising, Store Development, Marketing, Planning and Trading and International. Nigel was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He was instrumental, along with the CEO and CFO, in completing the takeover of House of Fraser by Nanjing Cenbest, part of the Sanpower Group, in September 2014. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of 2015.