29 June 2017

House of Fraser, the UK and Ireland’s premium department store group, today announces the appointment of Michelle Maynard as Chief People Officer, effective 4thJuly 2017.


Michelle is an accomplished HR Director, bringing over 25 years’ experience of transformational change in major, fast paced, customer focussed organisations across various sectors, including British Airways, Coca-Cola, the AA and Thomas Cook Group. Michelle was Director of Talent and Organisational Development at Aviva driving a significant culture change agenda and most recently Chief People Officer for Aviva France.


Leading the human resources team across the business, Michelle will report directly to CEO Alex Williamson when he joins House of Fraser on 31 July. Michelle will have responsibility for the HR function including internal communications.


Michelle will take over the various HR functions for House of Fraser’s stores and offices which have been reporting on an interim basis into Peter Gross, Chief Operating Officer, and Peter Hearsey, Executive Director, Legal & Property, respectively.


Frank Slevin, Executive Chairman of House of Fraser, commented:


“I am extremely pleased that someone with Michelle’s knowledge and experience is part of our executive team as we implement our five-year vision which will ensure the future success of our business.”  


Michelle Maynard, said:


“I am delighted to be joining House of Fraser to work alongside such a strong executive team.  It is a very exciting time to be joining such a vibrant business with ambitious plans. I look forward to leading the HR team to help House of Fraser continue to deliver its five-year vision.”  



About House of Fraser:


House of Fraser is a department store group with 59 enviable locations across the UK and Ireland. As one of the best known names on the high street, House of Fraser has presented customers with an unrivalled nationwide department store for over 168 years. The Group has annual sales of £1.3bn and employs 5,000 House of Fraser employees and 12,500 concession staff through over 4 million sq. ft of selling space. Customers can shop at House of Fraser from .


House of Fraser (UK & Ireland) Limited (formerly Highland Group Holdings Limited) is the parent company of the House of Fraser business in the UK and Ireland. It is 89% owned by House of Fraser Group Limited, which is also the parent company of House of Fraser’s planned operations in China (the remaining 11% interest in House of Fraser (UK & Ireland) Limited is owned by West Coast Capital (HOF CO) Limited). Nanjing Cenbest, a listed company in China is the Group’s ultimate parent company, following the acquisition on 2 September 2014.


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