Jeremy Johnston

Jeremy Johnston

Summary

A retail CEO, with a record of success in the profitable development of retail brands in Europe and the Middle East.

Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Present

Associate Director

Gulf & Asia
Temporary Business Development role taken with Dubai based restaurant / night club business requiring finance for expansion. Company has great brands and locations but needs investment. Meanwhile I am continuing to look for short or long term / permananet assignments at a senior level within retail. Currently based in Dubai but able to travel / relocate at short notice. Very experienced retailer, particularly enjoys start ups and business development. Looking for opportunities world wide but ideally expecting to leverage 8 years specific experience in the Middle East.
2006 - 2009

CEO

Majid Al Futtaim Fashion

CEO of franchised retail fashion business. Set company up from scratch in 2006. Grew it over three years to $100m sales, 100 stores in 6 countries. Main brands are Mexx, Liz Claiborne, Juicy Couture and Jane Norman.Managed business continuity during potential sale of company - process initiated April 2008. Teamed up with local merchant bank and organised funds for an MBO, but owner of company changed his mind about selling...Now looking for a new role where I can fully utilise my well rounded general management skills to help retail brands buck the recession and grow internationally.

2003 - 2006

Interim Director

Agent Provocateur, Hawkshead, bluemonday Recruitment
Own business establised as vehicle for pursuing consultancy, interim management and other projects: * developed franchise model for the lingerie business Agent Provocateur while managing the business as interim COO * managed outdoor clothing company Hawkshead as interim MD * founded innovative recruitment company bluemonday Recruitment
2001 - 2003

Managing Director

Austin Reed
Led relaunch of venerable but underperforming business - redefined strategy, directed brand repositioning and relaunch, articulated brief for major refurbishment of Regent Street flagship and delivered complex project on time and on budget
1999 - 2001

Operations Director

Thomas Pink
Responsible for delivering budgeted profitability and for managing merchandising, IT, store operations, logistics, mail order and the web site. Grew sales by 45% in 2000 opening new stores in Europe, the US, and the UK.
1994 - 1999

General Manager

MH Al Shaya
Responsible for developing new franchises and retail formats from UK and USA and for success of exisiting franchised fashion stores in the Middle East, particularly Mothercare. Opened first Next, Oasis, River Island and Laura Ashley stores in the Middle East.
1979 - 1994

Various roles

Clarks / K Shoes, Next, Athena
Began work as graduate trainee with Clarks. Joined subsidiary K Shoes as Store Manager. Rose through ranks to become a Regional Manager, then moved to company's Head Office to develop centralised merchandising system. Subsequently moved into buying, sourcing and general management roles at Next, and first Board level appointment at Athena, a division of Pentos plc.

Education

Education
1976 - 1979

BA Hons History 2/1