Former Jack Wills CEO joins Nottingham law firm

Suzanne Harlow / Browne Jacobson

The former CEO of international fashion giant Jack Wills has been appointed as a non-executive director at Nottingham-headquartered law firm Browne Jacobson.

Suzanne Harlow will help shape the national firm’s retail, consumer and logistics proposition.

In addition to her role with Jack Wills, Harlow was previously CEO of the RSL Awards and held a variety of executive positions at Debenhams.

The headline appointment follows the recent arrival of Browne Jacobson’s first non-executive chair, Anneliese Reinhold.

In her new role as NED, Harlow will work closely with Browne’s Jacobson’s head of corporate sector strategy and partner, Declan Cushley, and head of corporate retail, consumer & logistics, Roland Gray.

Cushley said: “We are pleased to welcome Suzanne as our NED for our retail, consumer and logistics sector. She has a first-class profile in the retail industry, helping to develop and build some of the UK’s leading retail, fashion, home and beauty brands over the last 30 years. Her knowledge and expertise of the sector will be incredibly valuable to us, and a huge asset to our retail client base.

“It also endorses our O Shaped partnership commitments to being a law firm that is striving for effective change, across the legal landscape and the sectors and industries we are supporting.”

Harlow said: “I’m delighted to be working with Browne Jacobson as they develop a deeper sector driven approach and I’m looking forward to supporting the retail, consumer and logistics team in achieving its strategic aims.”

Gray added: “We know that cultural and political changes have massively impacted the retail sector in recent years, changing how, when and why consumers shop. To have someone of Suzanne’s considerable experience, gives us first-hand insight into these changes and challenges, and will help us become even more aligned to what our clients are facing. We are delighted to have her on board with us.”

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