Hallenstein Glasson CEO Graeme Popplewell said he was delighted to welcome Humphries back to the business, as Glassons had its most successful period when she was on board from 2002 to 2012.
“The board and I are confident that Di will grow the business, improve profitability and strengthen our position in New Zealand and Australia as more global players enter these markets. It’s a coup for us to get Di back and with the focus on improving the Glassons fashion offer, Di’s expertise and leadership will be key,” he said.
Glassons' last CEO, Tracy Shaw, only saw out a couple of months at the helm before she resigned in 2014 due to family reasons.
The CEO position remained vacant until this year, with Popplewell expressing his annoyance at the lack of domestic candidates available in the retail field.
Humphrey has over 25 years of experience on both sides of the Tasman, including being head of buying at Ezibuy.
She was also chief executive of troubled children’s clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch up until June last year, before resigning.
In response to her stepping down, Pumpkin Patch company chair Peter Schuyt said she inherited a company that required “major changes” to all parts of the business.
“Those changes have progressed in a very demanding and challenging business environment and we want to acknowledge the huge commitment that Di has made, and continues to make, to the role of CEO and the company,” Schuyt said.
Humphreys said Glassons’ point of difference in the market is its understanding of Australasian customers.
“For our customers fashion is fast, it’s unique to New Zealand or Australia and we need to constantly respond to the changing desires of our customers.”
Humphrey’s role as chief executive is effective immediately. She says she’s excited to retain a confident leadership position within Glassons.