Green means go?

Turmoil at Topshop this week - the fashion retailer is set to lose another of its bosses. Joint MD Karyn Fenn is expected to announce her resignation, only 10 months after taking over from Jane Shepherdson, who herself jumped ship last year. Fenn has apparently struggled to establish a decent working relationship with Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green. Here at MT we're not particularly surprised about that - we doubt if Green would recognise emotional intelligence if it came up and stroked him on the cheek.

Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012
Tales of Green's no-nonsense approach are legion. One belter is that his team were once charged with making a mock interior for a new set of soft furnishings. After working on it diligently for months, they proudly showed the fruits of their labour to their master, only for Green to start lobbing pillows around and cussing.

A firm hand here and there is of course necessary at times, but you know something is awry if your top people are walking out the door every 10 months. Shepherdson, for example, was widely seen as the key to Top Shop's success prior to her resignation. Her departure was rumoured to have been prompted by Green's appointment of controversial supermodel Kate Moss as designer without her consultation. Looks like the famously hands-on Green may have to learn to step back and let others lead if he wants to keep hold of people in future.

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