TJ Hughes appoints new chief executive

Discount department store, TJ Hughes, has appointed Beatrice Lafon as chief executive; replacing Sue Tennant, who will be leaving at the end of the year.

Lafon was recently chief executive of Etam Group in the Netherlands and was previously commercial director of Woolworths.

Neil McCausland, chairman of TJ Hughes, said: “We are pleased to have attracted someone of Beatrice’s calibre to spearhead the next phase of TJ Hughes’ strategic development. Beatrice’s experience and leadership skills make her exceptionally well positioned to exploit TJ Hughes’ position as a leading force within the UK’s quality discount retailing sector.

“We would like to express our appreciation to Sue Tennant who has revived the business over the past three years. She was brought in to the company in August 2007 to turn the business around, which she has successfully completed.”

Lafon said: “I am thrilled to be joining TJ Hughes which is such an established player in the quality discount retail sector and a destination store for thousands of customers every week across the UK. TJHughes is exceptionally well placed to thrive through our distinct offering of premium brands and top quality products at bargain prices. There are many exciting developments ahead for the business and I look forward to building on its success.”