Card Factory, the Wakefield-based greeting cards, dressings and gifts retailer, has added Kristian Lee to the Board as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr Lee has extensive experience in senior financial and commercial roles in the retail sector. For the past five years, he has been Group CFO of The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, the fast growing privately owned retailer with over 1000 UK stores across a number of brands including The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Peacocks, Austin Reed, Country Casuals, Viyella, Jane Norman and Ponden Home.
Prior to joining The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, he held senior finance roles at Brighthouse Retail, General Healthcare Group and Caudwell Group. He also spent 14 years at Allsports (Retail) and the John David Group (now JD Sports Fashion).
Mr Lee will succeed Darren Bryant who is to retire from the role after eight years with the Group.
Karen Hubbard, CEO of Card Factory, said: “In Kris, we have found an outstanding successor to Darren who has made a significant contribution to the sustained growth of Card Factory over the past eight years and leaves with our best wishes for the future.
“Kris has significant financial and commercial experience within retail and a clear passion for the sector. He also has the energy, drive and entrepreneurial mindset that will fit well with the Card Factory culture and will be invaluable as we move forward with our growth strategy. I very much look forward to working with him.”
Mr Lee said: “Card Factory has a fantastic track record of growth and is a business I have admired greatly for a number of years. I am very excited to be joining and look forward to working with Karen, the Board and all Card Factory colleagues.”