House of Fraser appoints Aviva director as chief people officer

House of Fraser has announced the appointment of Michelle Maynard as chief people officer.

Maynard is an accomplished HR Director, bringing over 25 years’ experience in customer focussed organisations across various sectors, including British Airways, Coca-Cola, the AA and Thomas Cook Group.

She was director of Talent and Organisational Development at Aviva, driving a significant culture change agenda and most recently Chief People Officer for Aviva France.

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Leading the human resources team across the business, Maynard will report directly to CEO Alex Williamson when he joins House of Fraser on 31 July.

She will take over the various HR functions for House of Fraser’s stores and offices which have been reporting on an interim basis into Peter Gross, chief operating officer, and Peter Hearsey, executive director, Legal & Property, respectively.

Frank Slevin, executive chairman of House of Fraser, commented: “I am extremely pleased that someone with Michelle’s knowledge and experience is part of our executive team as we implement our five-year vision which will ensure the future success of our business.”

Maynard, said: “I am delighted to be joining House of Fraser to work alongside such a strong executive team.  It is a very exciting time to be joining such a vibrant business with ambitious plans. I look forward to leading the HR team to help House of Fraser continue to deliver its five-year vision.”

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