Previously

VP Markets, Zalando
Non-Executive Director, Fnac Darty

Company

Founded in 1870, Holland & Barrett is one of the world’s leading health and wellness retailers and the largest in Europe, supplying its customers with a wide range of vitamins, minerals, health supplements, specialist foods and natural beauty products. It has over 1,300 stores in 16 countries and a strong online offer. They were acquired by L1 Retail in August 2017 and are on a transformational journey to become a global health and wellness platform. The company has attractive growth positions in international markets, a growing online presence, and a leading customer loyalty programme with over 10 million active cardholders.

Search Background

Erevena had previously placed Tamara Rajah on the Board of Holland & Barrett. Following Tamara’s move from the Board to the Executive team as Chief International & Business Officer at the beginning of 2021, Holland & Barrett needed to fill her spot with another modern, digital-first NED. They were particularly interested in candidates with an international outlook.

Requirements

An internationally minded ecommerce specialist with growth experience who could support the Board and Executive on their international growth agenda and had a deep and implicit understanding of technology and ecommerce, ideally from an engineering first environment.

Result

We placed Delphine Mousseau into the role. Delphine spent her executive career rolling out Tommy Hilfiger’s European E-Commerce business, doubling turnover in 2 years, and launching them in 22 markets. She then joined Zalando in 2014, where she was responsible for all international markets, running a €5bn business with a team of 200 across 17 countries. Since 2018, she has been Berlin based and has been building out her Non-Executive portfolio. Other board roles include as NED for Fnac Darty and Aramis Group, and she also sits on the Board of Advisors for Decathlon and Flaconi.

Michael Casey

Chairman of the Executive

Erevena has been a trusted adviser and partner to L1 Retail on a number of senior level appointments. Maria and Flo really listened to us and helped to shape and adapt the brief to our needs. We met with a number of high-quality candidates in quite a fast-paced process and are really delighted to have Delphine join the Board. Delphine is a great fit for what we are looking to achieve and has had immediate impact in shaping the future for H&B!

Our experts

Maria Josife, Partner

Specialisms: Board, CEO, COO, Digital

Florence Bown, Principal

Specialisms: Digital, B2C & B2B2C, Marketplace, General Management, Marketing

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