Nigel Oddy, the CEO of value-focused fashion retailer New Look, has recently announced that he will be stepping down from his position. The company confirmed the news on Monday and stated that they are actively searching for Oddy’s successor. Although no details have been given regarding his replacement, the announcement comes after reports that Oddy desired to take a break, which does not necessarily mean retirement.

Oddy joined New Look in 2019 as its Chief Operating Officer and quickly rose to become CEO. During his tenure, he played a crucial role in leading the company’s recovery from pre-pandemic challenges. New Look underwent a company voluntary arrangement and financial restructuring, in addition to facing the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, resulting in extended closures for approximately 400 stores.

Mike Coupe, Chairman of New Look and former CEO of Sainsbury’s, expressed his appreciation for Oddy’s leadership and hard work. Coupe acknowledged Oddy’s contributions in building a strong foundation for the business, positioning New Look for future growth. Oddy himself believes that the company has successfully overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now well-prepared for future development. Hence, he feels that now is the opportune time for him to step down as CEO.

New Look has been a prominent player in the fashion retail industry, known for its value-focused offerings. With Oddy’s departure, the company faces the task of finding a successor who can guide them through the ever-evolving landscape of fashion retail. The search for a new CEO is reportedly well-advanced, indicating New Look’s commitment to finding a capable leader who will drive their future success.

As New Look moves forward, it will be intriguing to witness the direction the company takes under new leadership. Oddy’s departure signifies the end of an era but also presents an opportunity for fresh perspectives and strategies. New Look has fought hard to overcome its recent challenges and, with a solid foundation in place, it is poised for further growth and success in the future.

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