Iain Nairn appointed president of Hudson’s Bay

Former David Jones and current kikki.K chief executive Iain Nairn has taken up the role of president at Hudson’s Bay, Canada’s most prominent department store chain. 

The business currently trades in 89 locations across Canada, operating in the fashion, beauty, home, accessories, and food verticals. 

Starting January 12th, Nairn reports directly to chief executive Helena Foulkes. 

“Few brands have such a strong awareness and connection with customers as does Hudson’s Bay, and I am thrilled to join such an iconic retail institution,” Nairn said. 

“I am looking forward to working with the team and building on the great work that has been underway to evolve the Hudson’s Bay experience across all channels.”

It isn’t clear whether Nairn will continue his role as chief executive of stationery retailer kikki.K, though Inside Retail has reached out for clarification. 

Foulkes said Hudson’s Bay had taken time to conduct a thorough global search for a replacement for former-chief executive Alison Coville, who stepped down in February 2019. 

“Iain brings strong leadership, sharp focus, and in-depth expertise that I believe will make a positive impact on Hudson’s Bay,” Foulkes said. 

“To date, the team has made great strides in fixing the fundamentals, evolving our service model and elevating our merchandise assortment. 

“There is a tremendous opportunity in Canada to deliver an outstanding customer experience, and I am excited to work with Iain to elevate the brand and drive for future success.”


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