×
1 597
Fashion Jobs
DAVID JONES
Assistant Support Manager - Loss Prevention - David Jones Bourke Street Mall
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Loss Prevention Opportunities - David Jones Bourke Street Mall
Permanent · Melbourne
PETER ALEXANDER
Product Supply Coordinator - Peter Alexander
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Buying And Merchandise Planning Graduate Opportunities
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Cluster Manager - Country Road - Chadstone Vic
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Loss Prevention Officer – David Jones Kotara
Permanent · Maitland
DAVID JONES
Buyer, Childrenswear - Limited Tenure
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
IT Test Manager
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
IT Infrastructure Specialist- Country Road Group
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Country Road - Cluster Manager - Pacific Fair - Qld
Permanent · Gold Coast
DAVID JONES
Project Manager- Country Road Group
Permanent · Melbourne
FUSION SPRINGBOARD
Junior Merchandise Planner And Allocator
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Merchandise Planner- Country Road Childrenswear
Permanent · Melbourne
PUMA
Field Account Manager Sports Licensing
Permanent · Moorabbin
DAVID JONES
Visual Merchandising Manager - David Jones Doncaster
Permanent · East Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Assistant Visual Merchandising Manager - David Jones Chadstone
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
People Business Partner
Permanent · Melbourne
ON RUNNING
Warehouse Specialist / Supervisor
Permanent · MELBOURNE
DAVID JONES
CRM Email Developer - Country Road
Permanent · Melbourne
DANGERFIELD
Dangerfield Area Manager
Permanent · Perth
FUSION SPRINGBOARD
Group Finance Manager
Permanent · Melbourne
DAVID JONES
Supply Chain Analyst- Country Road Group
Permanent · Melbourne
Published
Jul 5, 2022
Reading time
2 minutes
Share
Download
Download the article
Print
Click here to print
Text size
aA+ aA-

Change at the top of Very Group, Lionel Desclée to become CEO

Published
Jul 5, 2022

The Very Group is losing its CEO of four-and-a-half years, Henry Birch, but it’s gaining a big name with an impressive international background.


Lionel Desclée



Birch is preparing to step down in a few months’ time and is being replaced by the former CEO of Walmart Japan, Lionel Desclée.

He’ll join the British online retail giant — which owns the Very and Littlewoods e-tail brands — on 19 September, five days before Birch leaves. The company didn’t say what Birch’s next move will be.

Desclée joins from McKinsey & Company, where he’s a senior advisor. He was — as mentioned — previously president and CEO of Walmart in Japan for three years, where he led a 35,000-strong team at Seiyu, the Japanese supermarket business with a significant food and non-food presence. 

Very said that “under Lionel’s stewardship, Seiyu accelerated its move into digital through a  joint venture with online retailer Rakuten, secured record-breaking colleague engagement, grew customer satisfaction and increased market share. He led Walmart’s subsequent partial exit from Seiyu to investor KKR and Rakuten”.

Before that, he was president and CEO of pet care specialist Tom & Co, which operates over 160 stores in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Having led a management buyout, he increased its digital offering, “enhanced profitability and launched new store concepts”.

And he’s also held a number of senior roles at global retail business Delhaize Group, while he’s currently a non-executive board member at both Tom & Co and BPost, the Belgian company responsible for the delivery of national and international mail.

Clearly, the company has attracted a big hitter to the post and that's not surprising given the size of the overall business today.  

Under Birch’s leadership, The Very Group broke the £2bn-sales mark for the first time in 2020 and, in 2021, delivered record revenue and EBITDA.

Birch joined in 2018 and “helped to transform the group, including implementing a rebrand, launching its highly automated fulfilment centre in the East Midlands, making its AI-powered chatbot the most popular customer service channel, and successfully navigating the pandemic”.

Copyright © 2022 FashionNetwork.com All rights reserved.