WHSmith North America names Kevin Gotthard as Chief Financial Officer

By Luke Barras-hill |

Kevin Gotthard, Chief Financial Officer, WHSmith North America.

Kevin Gotthard has joined WHSmith North America as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing finance activities for the retailer’s regional division that incorporates Marshall Retail Group (MRG) and InMotion.

Gotthard was most recently CFO at Neiman Marcus Group, where he was responsible for all commercial finance activities across shops and e-commerce operations.

Having begun his career with Deloitte in New York, he moved to Ralph Lauren Corporation where he spent almost nine years leading the EMEA region.

His appointment at WHSmith comes amid a period of rapid expansion for the company across airports and resorts in North America.

“I am thrilled to welcome Kevin to our team as Chief Financial Officer,” said North America CEO Toby Keir. “Kevin joins us with more than 20 years of experience in finance, with 12 of those years in retail. His experience and leadership in both industries will be invaluable to our business as we continue to see unparalleled growth and success.”

Gotthard added: “It is so exciting to join the business at this point of phenomenal growth. The opportunity to capture market share and execute the deep pipeline of already won new stores, as well as win tenders for new shops and concepts is incredible.

“I look forward to working with Toby and the team to move the company forward on its financial and strategic goals and support this period of rapid growth.”

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