British department store group Selfridges has tapped Chris May as its first group business development director.
May, who is the former business development director at Chanel, is set to take on his new role at Selfridges on December 1, when he will be reporting to Paul Kelly, group managing director. In his new role, May will offer support to Kelly through the group's entire business portfolio expansion, which includes Selfridges, Brown Thomas, De Bijenkorf and Holt Renfrew.
The group has already invested 40 millions pounds in Selfridges website, to “future-proof its multichannel business” over the next 5 years and has also revealed plans in inject 300 million plans into the renovation of its London flagship store.
In addition, the group will also invest 200 million euros, or 158.1 million pounds in streamlining De Bijenkorf's existing stores in the Netherlands as part of the premium strategy.