Hudson’s Bay Company has ended its global search for president of its namesake division. The department store retailer appointed Iain Nairn as president, Hudson’s Bay, effective January 12, 2020. He succeeds Alison Coville, who stepped down in February.
Most recently, Nairn was CEO of kikki.K, a global Swedish design and stationery business, with 102 namesake stores and e-commerce, and product lines available in over 147 countries worldwide. Previously, he was CEO of David Jones, Australia’s leading premium department store chain.
“Iain brings strong leadership, sharp focus and in-depth expertise that I believe will make a positive impact on Hudson’s Bay,” said Helena Foulkes, CEO, Hudson’s Bay Co. “To date, the team has made great strides in fixing the fundamentals, evolving our service model and elevating our merchandise assortment. There is a tremendous opportunity in Canada to deliver an outstanding customer experience and I am excited to work with Iain to elevate the brand and drive performance for future success.”
Hudson’s Bay currently operates 89 full-line locations and website thebay.com. It is part of the portfolio of Hudson’s Bay Co., which has nearly 250 stores around the world and whole banners include Saks Fifth Ave.