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Fran Philip

Independent Non-Executive Director

Fran Philip
Non-Executive Director Appointed 2016
Committee membership Nomination, Remuneration

Key skills and experience

Fran brings extensive speciality retailing business experience, which she uses to provide the Board with an understanding of the end consumer’s motivations and insight into the US fashion market and its evolving trends and dynamics. Fran's particular interest in workforce dynamics stand her in good stead for her new role as the Designated Non-Executive Director to engage with the workforce.

Other current appointments

Fran is currently a Non-Executive Director of a number of US companies including Vera Bradley Inc., the accessories brand; Totes Isotoner, the accessories manufacturer; Regent Holding, a home décor designer and importer; and an industry executive for Freeman Spogli, a US private equity firm specialising in retail and consumer brands.

Previous relevant experience

Fran worked for several specialty chains such as The Gap, Williams-Sonoma and The Nature Company. She joined LL Bean in 1994 as Director of Product Development, Home Furnishings and went on to hold a number of roles including Vice President, Affiliated Brands, before becoming Chief Merchandising Officer in 2002 until she retired in 2011.

Qualifications

Fran has a degree in English and Sociology from Bowdoin College, Maine, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.