Houlden announces new CEO | Jewellery Focus

Houlden has announced the appointment of Isabel Rhodes as its new CEO, ahead of its Spring meeting.

Helen Haddow, the current CEO, will continue in her position for the next three months, supporting the smooth transition to the new CEO.

She will then assume her role on the board over the coming months, continuing to support Rhodes and the future growth of Houlden.

The timing of the appointment is intended to provide both members and suppliers with a well-timed opportunity to meet her at the two-day event.

The firm said she has extensive experience across multiple sectors, with a “proven track record for driving commercial growth and retail performance within highly competitive and fluctuating markets”.

Rhodes was previously CEO for the Gretna Green Group in Scotland, having been promoted from the position of commercial director.

Haddow, on behalf of the Houlden Board, said: “We are delighted to appoint such a well-suited candidate – as she brings exceptional relevant experience in retail, management, and multi-stakeholder relationships.

“And whilst new to the jewellery industry, she also will also provide valuable fresh insights to the Houlden services, which will help drive improvements in the overall Houlden Advantage. I look forward to working alongside Isabel in a supportive Board role, to share my knowledge of the industry, our supplier partners and of course the members. Exciting times ahead!”

Rhodes added: “I am honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to lead Houlden and work alongside its talented team. Together we will build upon the Houlden Advantage that has been laid by Helen and the board.

“I look forward to leveraging my experience and expertise with our collective pursuit of excellence, we will embark on a journey of growth, innovation and collaboration with our members, suppliers and partners, shaping the future for the industry.”

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