Former JD Sports boss signs up with online firm

Boohoo success story

The former finance officer at JD Sports has taken up a role on the board of online fashion retailer Boohoo.

Brian Small is joining the Board as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

Mr Small will also take on the role as chair of the group’s audit committee.

He brings a wealth of experience to the Boohoo board and was most recently CFO of JD Sports for nearly 15 years.

Before that he was operations finance director at Intercare Group and has also been finance director of a number of other companies. He qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1981.

Mahmud Kamani, group executive chairman, said: “On behalf of the board I am delighted to welcome Brian to the Boohoo group.

“Brian’s background and expertise in the retail industry will be a strong asset to the board. We look forward to benefiting from his extensive knowledge of the sector as we continue to increase our footprint and drive future growth.”

Mr Small said: “I am thrilled to join Boohoo at such an exciting time for the group as its disruptive eCommerce platform continues to achieve scale internationally.

“I look forward to working with the board and leadership team and being able to contribute to the next stage of the Group’s development.”

Founded in Manchester in 2006, Boohoo is an inclusive and innovative brand targeting young, value orientated customers.

For 13 years, Boohoo has been pushing boundaries to bring its customers up-to-date and inspirational fashion.

Boohoo has grown rapidly in the UK and internationally, expanding its offering with range extensions into menswear, through BoohooMAN, and now has over seven million active customers.

In early 2017 the group extended its customer offering through the acquisitions of the vibrant fashion brand PrettyLittleThing, and free-thinking brand Nasty Gal and in March 2019 acquired the Miss Pap brand.

The boohoo group has 13 million customer accounts across all its brands around the world.

This week it announced that revenues soared by 48% while profit before tax at the firm was up by 38% to £59.9m.