Agent Provocateur hires Chris Woodhouse

Agent Provocateur has appointed Chris Woodhouse as its new non-executive Chairman with immediate effect.

Woodhouse is currently a Director of Debenhams and Chairman of Gondola Group Limited, the holding company for a series of restaurant brands including: Pizza Express, ASK, Zizzi and Byron. He will continue to hold these roles.

Woodhouse was introduced to Agent Provocateur through 3i’s Business Leaders Network, a pool of ‘high calibre business leaders’ who work closely with 3i and its portfolio companies across the world.

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Agent Provocateur chief executive Garry Hogarth said: “We are delighted that Chris is joining Agent Provocateur at such an exciting time in the company’s development. He has an excellent reputation in the industry and his broad retail experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow our business, both in the UK and Internationally.”

Woodhouse added: “I am really excited to be joining Agent Provocateur as Chairman. The company has built an outstanding brand in the luxury retail market and has performed strongly throughout the recession. I look forward to working with Garry and the management team to help in ensuring the company continues to develop its platform for growth.”

Over recent months, Agent Provocateur has continued its successful growth with the opening of a flagship store on Madison Avenue, New York, and a store on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. In addition, there are a number of further international store openings Agent Provocateur is currently developing.

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