Conran Design Group new business development director Peers de Trense has left the company after ten years in the role.
De Trense (pictured) left the Havas-owned consultancy at the end of last week, after working out a year’s notice. There will not be a direct replacement at the consultancy, but the task of new business will be given to marketing manager Thom Breslin. However, de Trense will continue to work with CDG on a store design project in Beirut, Lebanon, for Kuwaiti supermarket retailer Sultan Centre.
He is to set up as an independent adviser to start-up design consultancies, explains de Trense. ‘It was time for a change, as ten years is a long stint in the same role. This was a planned move, which [CDG managing director David Worthington] and I discussed some time ago,’ he says.
He is lining up advisory roles at a couple of ‘young start-up’ consultancies, which ‘have lots of design talent but not much experience developing a business’.
Worthington says the fundamentals of the business will not change following De Trense’s departure, adding that he is looking to grow the consultancy. ‘Any business which doesn’t grow is a hobby,’ he says.