Bhs marketing chief quits

Beverley Churchill, marketing director of embattled department store chain Bhs, has left the company after just a year in the role. It is unclear whether Churchill resigned from the post or if she has a job to go to, but her departure is a further blow to the retail empire of Sir Philip Green. She has not yet been replaced.

By Noelle Waugh

Beverley Churchill, marketing director of embattled department store chain Bhs, has left the company after just a year in the role.

It is unclear whether Churchill resigned from the post or if she has a job to go to, but her departure is a further blow to the retail empire of Sir Philip Green. She has not yet been replaced.

Churchill, a former head of marketing at Selfridges, took the marketing reins at Bhs in October last year, replacing Romney Drury who quit in May after two years in the role (MW October 05).

The departure comes amid turbulent times at the chain, which was recently forced to slash prices across its stores after profits more than halved last year.

Green, who bought Bhs in 2000 for £220m, last month unveiled a 54% fall in group operating profits from £105.2m to £48.5m in the 52 weeks to April 2006.

Earlier this month Jane Shepherdson, brand director at Green’s Topshop fashion chain – part of his Arcadia group – quit amid rumours of a bust-up when he hired controversial model Kate Moss to design a range of clothing.

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