Next director retires after 23 years, new merchandise and operations executive hired

Next has announced that its group operations director Michael Law will retire from the company after 23 years.

Law will step down from the board of directors on May 17 and then retire from his role in July.

Next said in a statement that Law has made a “huge contribution” to the group during his at the company. In particular, he has led the transformation of the retailer’s warehousing, logistics and systems operations over the last 10 years.

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He will be replaced by Richard Papp, who has been with Next for 25 years.

It is intended that Papp will join the board as executive director and as new group merchandise and operations director on May 14.

Papp joined the group in 1991 as a merchandiser, before becoming a merchandise manager in 1996 and being promoted to menswear product director in 2001.

In 2005 he gained valuable experience in a similar role at another retailer, returning to Next in 2006 to take up the role of group merchandise director.

In this role he is responsible for Next’s merchandising function, product systems, international franchise, and clearance operations.

He has also worked closely with the retailer’s warehousing, logistics and systems teams to develop the online platform.



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