Fashion giant Burberry is to lose its chief operating officer (COO) Julie Brown as she leaves the group after six years.
She will leave the favorite fashion house of celebrities including Harry Potter star Emma Watson and chart-topping singer Billie Eilish at the end of the company’s financial year.
Gerry Murphy, Chairman of Burberry, said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Julie for her very significant contribution to the transformation of Burberry, including her pivotal role in achieving our development ambitions. sustainable.
Burberry said Brown, who is also the fashion brand’s chief financial officer (CFO), was leaving to seize an opportunity ‘outside’ the luxury industry and the process of identifying his successor was ‘under way’ .
Jonathan Akeroyd, Chief Executive Officer of Burberry, added: “Julie has been instrumental in positioning Burberry for growth, supported by a high quality team. I would like to personally thank her for the support she has given me since my arrival six months ago. I look forward to building on the strong foundation we have in place to realize Burberry’s full potential.
brown said: “It has been a privilege to serve as COO and CFO of Burberry. As a group, we have strengthened our brand and our business and taken an industry-leading position in sustainability.
“I am especially proud of our work to guide Burberry through the pandemic, staying true to our values and driving transformational change in finance, IT, Burberry business services and accountability.
“I would like to thank Gerry, Jonathan, the Board of Directors, my colleagues and especially my team for their partnership. I am fully committed to continuing to support them until the end of our financial year.
In July, Burberry said it had been hit by a “currency tailwind” of £190m on revenue and £90m on profits and had been hit by the Covid outbreaks in China .