WALKER Greenbank PLC has named Fiona Holmes as managing director its Brands division, replacing David Smallridge who retires next January.

Ms Holmes joins from home shopping group N Brown Group PLC, where she has worked for the past seven years, most recently as managing director for its figleaves.com brand.

Walker Greenbank supplies premium soft furnishings such as textiles and wallpapers and owns brands including Sanderson, Morris & Co, Harlequin, Zoffany, Scion and Anthology.

She will work alongside Mr Smallridge for a handover period when she joins in the autumn. Before joining N Brown, Ms Holmes spent nearly two decades at Marks & Spencer, in roles spanning executive assistant to the CEO to director of childrenswear and general merchandise procurement.

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