New man looking Sharp at the top of Debenhams

A FASHION industry veteran yesterday began his role as the new chief executive of Debenhams.

Michael Sharp took over yesterday following the retirement of Rob Templeman, who was in post for eight years. Sharp has worked for Debenhams or its predecessor The Burton Group for the entirety of his 26-year career.

Debenhams chairman Nigel Northridge has said that the board is delighted with the appointment of Sharp, who was deputy chief executive for the previous three years.

Templeman, who will continue to hold a consultancy role with Debenhams for the next year, said: “Michael and I have worked together extremely closely and I know that he has the talent and experience to lead Debenhams forward.”