The bat­tle for Bri­tons

Irish Independent - Business Week - - BUSINESSWEEK -

The rapid fall-off in tourists from the UK should have us very wor­ried. Richard Cur­ran, p16

It’s a case of ‘you’re hired’ as TV star Kar­ren Brady is to join Philip Green’s Taveta as the non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of the par­ent com­pany in charge of the ty­coon’s Ar­ca­dia re­tail em­pire. Ms Brady will take over the role from An­thony Gra­biner, who is step­ping down from the po­si­tion.

Mr Gra­biner, a prom­i­nent lawyer, spent 15 years lead­ing the Taveta board, which came un­der fire from Bri­tish MPs for pro- vid­ing “weak” cor­po­rate gov­er­nance that con­trib­uted “sub­stan­tially” to the demise of re­tail chain BHS.

Ar­ca­dia em­ploys more than 24,000 staff world­wide and owns a string of fash­ion chains, in­clud­ing Top­shop, Top­man, Wal­lis, Miss Sel­fridge, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Bur­ton and Out­fit.

Ms Brady is CEO of West Ham United foot­ball club and an ad­viser to Alan Sugar on BBC TV show ‘The Ap­pren­tice’.

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