court & spark’s retailer clients get connected to new E-commerce Practice team
court & spark continues to broaden our retail sector executive search capability through the creation of a dedicated E-commerce Practice team headed up by E-tail specialist Kate Hills. This now creates six dedicated Practice teams for court & spark consulting; the others are Retail Operations, Head Office, HR, Main Board and Mapping & Research.
Kate has been operating in the fashion and retail sector for over 20 years working in design, commercial and buying roles for an enviable portfolio of brands which have included Burberry, Levi’s and Marks & Spencer.
Having spent 10 years in buying, culminating in a senior role managing a large team at Debenhams, Kate realised that the future of retail was increasingly dependent on digital skills. She says that the best thing she ever did was enrol to on the UK’s first Masters Degree in Internet Retailing, run by Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with Econsultancy. Not only did the course enable her to understand the fast moving ecommerce sector, from web to marketing to supply chain management and logistics, but the contacts that she has made in the industry have been invaluable.
Kate comments: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of increasing court & spark’s activity within E-commerce and build upon the existing strong track record the business has. E-commerce has links into all areas of the retail operation, including branding, customer service, marketing, merchandising, PR, logistics and finance. It means the range of assignments the Practice can handle is diverse and I will be working closely with court & spark’s Retail Operations and Head Office Practices so collectively we can secure the best candidates to match the brief.”
Claire Beasley, Joint MD of court & spark consulting comments: “The pace of change within E-tail and E-commerce makes it a very exciting place to be and we are seeing high demand from retailers who are investing in bringing new people with digital skills into their business. The fast moving landscape means retailers need experts who have retail industry and digital knowledge to handle executive search within E-commerce appointments – learning on the job is not an option. Through the appointment of Kate, we are pleased that court & spark’s clients will be able to immediately access E-commerce knowledge and expertise, together with being able to tap into a great digital candidate talent pool.”