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Humphries returns to head Glassons

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/04/2016 Tina Morrison

Di Humphries is returning to the helm of Hallenstein Glasson's women's fashion chain after a stint at the ailing children's clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch.

Ms Humphries will start as chief executive of Glassons on Thursday, the Auckland-based retailer said.

She was previously managing director of Glassons and executive director of parent company Hallenstein Glasson Holdings, before she left to join Pumpkin Patch in 2012, stepping up to the CEO role there in August 2013.

Hallenstein Glasson last month posted a 21 per cent drop in first-half profit on declining margins.

All the brands saw sales growth in the period apart from Glassons in New Zealand, and the company said there has been a "significant focus on improving the fashion offer" which should see better future performance.

Chief executive Graeme Popplewell said he was delighted to welcome Ms Humphries back to the business.

"Di has an in-depth understanding of the Glassons business having built Glassons to its most successful period when she was with the company between 2000 and 2012," Mr Popplewell said.

"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."

Hallenstein Glasson shares last traded at $2.84, and have shed 15 per cent this year.

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