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John Smedley appoints new Deputy Managing Director

Sophie Smith
04 March 2022

British luxury knitwear manufacturer John Smedley has announced the appointment of Jess Mcguire-Dudley as its new Deputy Managing Director, effective immediately.

Most recently serving as Global Brand Director at the Derbyshire-based knitwear business, Mcguire-Dudley joined the company in 2014 as the Head of Marketing. She later took charge of the design team and was promoted to Head of Marketing & Merchandising.

Prior to this, Mcguire-Dudley worked for other brands including Triumph Lingerie, Yellow Door, British Fashion Council and Tse Cashmere.

Now as Deputy Managing Director at John Smedley, Mcguire-Dudley will continue her brand duties, taking additional responsibility for the customer journey, quality and sustainability initiatives.

Bryan Jackson CBE, Chairman at John Smedley, said: “Jess has worked tirelessly to develop the global brand and bring into focus how we see the company further developing to meet the needs of our customer now and in the future. I am delighted to see Jess appointed as Deputy Managing Director.”

Ian Maclean MBE, Managing Director at John Smedley, said: “As we continue the task of modernising John Smedley, both as a manufacturer and a brand, I am very pleased that Jess has accepted our offer to be the driving force in sustaining our company into the future with energy and new ideas – exciting times ahead."

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