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Former Debenhams executive to lead marketing at Mamas & Papas


Nursery products firm Mamas & Papas has appointed a former Debenhams executive as its new chief marketing officer.

Richard Campbell, who was most recently customer director at Rank Group, will be responsible for all aspects of Mamas & Papas’ marketing, including brand, advertising, e-commerce, store design and communications.

Campbell, who will report to co-chief executive Jonathon Fitzgerald, was head of marketing at Debenhams and has also been instrumental in the creation of major loyalty card programmes including Nectar and NatWest’s CashbackPlus.

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Derek Lovelock, executive chairman, said: “Richard is a highly experienced retailer and marketeer, and his appointment further strengthens our management team. He joins us just as the turnaround at Mamas & Papas is really gathering pace and he will play a key role in delivering our exciting and ambitious growth plans.”

Campbell added: “Mamas & Papas is an iconic and much-loved brand. I’m really looking forward to working with the team to broaden and deepen our relationship with customers and develop new and imaginative ways of engaging with them.”

Huddersfield-based Mamas & Papas was acquired by BlueGem Capital Partners in 2014 and operates in 59 countries, with 34 UK stores and 1,245 staff.

The company enjoyed a record Christmas, growing like-for-like sales by 18% in the six weeks to January 3 2016.

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