Jack Wills appoints new chief financial officer


Jack Wills, the British fashion and lifestyle brand, today announces the appointment of Claire Wain as its chief financial officer.

Wain has 18 years’ experience leading international retail and FMCG businesses, and joins from Jigsaw, where she was CFO and board member covering finance, supply chain, secretariat and legal. During her time at Jigsaw, Wain led the successful refinancing and recapitalisation of the business under its new owner.

Prior to this, Wain held roles at Mothercare, where she was Director of Group Finance, and the John Lewis Partnership, where she held various roles in planning, buying and merchandising finance. She also has a breadth of experience across a spectrum of financial areas and brings strong leadership skills and a proven track record of forming, developing and leading large finance teams.

Claire will report directly to Suzanne Harlow, CEO of Jack Wills, and will join the business in April.

Suzanne Harlow, CEO of Jack Wills, said: “I am delighted that Claire will be joining us as CFO. She has an impressive background within the retail sector and I am looking forward to working with her as we continue to restore the business to profitable growth. This appointment is further evidence of Jack Wills strengthening its team to ensure we have the very best people taking us forward.”

Wain added: “I’m delighted to be joining Jack Wills at such an exciting time for the business, and look forward to working with Suzanne, Blue Gem and the newly formed management team in maximising the potential of such an iconic British heritage brand as it continues to push forward on its turnaround journey and return to profitability”