The apple does not fall far from the apple tree at Harrods, as the luxury department store is to succeed the role of former chief merchant Mariagay Mc Kee with two new roles. These newly created positions are to be filled by internal senior members of staff. Mc Kee previously announced that she would be leaving Harrods by the end of the year to become the new president of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Jason Broderick, who is currently the general merchandise manger of men’s wear, sports and watches, is pegged to become fashion director of the same three sectors. Helen David, who is the general merchandise manager of women’s wear and fine jewelry, is to be appointed fashion director of women’ s wear accessories, fine jewelry and children’s wear, overseeing two thirds of the departments stores main sectors.
As both of these roles are newly created, Broderick and David shall be reporting directly to the managing director of Harrods, Michael Ward, who will keep a keen eye on the pair. He revealed in a press statement that he was “delighted” with the department’s stores new appointments and concluded “Both are excellent merchants, with an exceptional eye for luxury, playing an integral part in developing the world class offer that Harrods is known for.”
Broderick and David have been successful so far at Harrods, with David being credited for the stores launch of the Fashion Lab and Broderick being attributed for having a key role in the expansion of the men’s wear business.