Asos starts search for new chairman as Brian McBride eyes exit

The UK’s most popular fashion e-tailer is reportedly looking for a new chairman to replace Brian McBride, who has been at the company since 2012.


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Asos has started interviewing candidates for the role, as McBride prepares to leave the British company after nearly six years, Sky News reported.

Under his chairmanship, Asos evolved into a £5.5bn business with active customers all over the world. Last year, the company overtook Marks & Spencer, a symbol of British retail, in market value, proving the power of e-commerce and cementing the rising popularity of online shopping over retail.

McBride is seen as a heavyweight in the sector, having held the role of CEO of Amazon UK through a high growth period until 2011. He is currently chairman of Wiggle Ltd, the online cycling and tri-sport business, sits on the board of AO.com and is senior adviser to Scottish Equity Partners, whose portfolio include Skyscanner.

Now could be a good moment for Asos to look for a new chairman, as its interim results for the half year to 28 February revealed a 27% increase in retail sales and 10% rise in pre-tax profits.

Additionally, the company seems to be well placed under the leadership of CEO Nick Beighton, who was joined the company three years ago to replace founder Nick Robertson.
 

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