Hamleys marketing chief quits

Hamleys’ marketing director Stella Hartley has quit the company as it prepares to cut jobs in a restructure of its head office. It is not thought she has a job to go to, but will undertake consultancy work.

A spokeswoman for the toy retailer confirmed that the restructure would lead to redundancies across the company, except in the sales department.

But she claims reports that 20 staff in the buying and marketing departments could lose their jobs are inaccurate. However, an actual figure is yet to be decided on.

No replacement for Hartley has been announced, but the company says the marketing function will remain independent and it will not be absorbed into any other division.

Hartley’s departure comes three months after Gudjon Reynisson took over as chief executive of the Baugur-owned toy store from Nick Mather.

Chairman Stuart Rose also left the toy store at the end of last month to focus on his other roles with lingerie firm Agent Provocateur and Gerard Restaurants.

The toy retailer opened its first international store in Jordan earlier this year and plans to open another in Dubai in December, along with franchise stores in Russia, China, India and Turkey.

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