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Former chief of The White Company to join River Island as CEO

Lauretta Roberts
20 June 2019

River Island has appointed Will Kernan, the former chief of The White Company and Wiggle as its new CEO.

Kernan will join the chain in September taking over from Ben Lewis who is the nephew of its founder Bernard Lewis and who has held the post of CEO for nine years. He will remain on the board as a non-executive director.

“Ben steps aside following a distinguished tenure and the board is extremely grateful for his leadership,” River Island chairman Clive Lewis said.

“Succession has been carefully planned and, following a rigorous selection process, we are confident Will has the right skills, experience and vision to lead the company in this exciting new chapter.”

Kernan is a seasoned retail leader and served as Group CEO of bike retailer Wiggle, Bike24 and Chain reaction for two years until March of this year. Prior to that he was CEO at The White Company for five years and before that served at New Look for 13 years, latter as chief operating officer.

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