Rodney Fitch & Co is to begin moving into e-commerce and the European market, following the internal restructure of the group’s board last week (DW 6 August).
Four senior staff, Neil Whitehead and Alan Thompson from Fitch, former Addison founder Steve Smith and corporate investor Pieter TottÃ©, are joining the group. According to chairman Rodney Fitch, the appointments form part of a restructure planned after the design group’s split from Virgin and Wickens Tutt Southgate (DW 16 April).
“We will use these appointments to take us into three areas: e-commerce for design, financial services and the leisure market,” says Fitch.
The same restructure appears to have pre-empted the departure of managing director Chris Jenkins two weeks ago (DW 30 July).
“Neil [Whitehead] will be responsible for guiding the business into new areas of brand consultancy and overseeing the move into e-commerce. Alan [Thompson] will be responsible for growing the group’s leisure portfolio. Steve [Smith] becomes deputy chairman, in charge of corporate development, and Pieter [TottÃ©] will oversee financial and administrative issues and has contacts in Europe,” adds Fitch.