Eight years after launching Pandora locally, Pandora Australia president Karin Adcock will step down from her role and be replaced by the company’s current vice president of sales, David Allen.
Allen, who has been employed by the company since October and has previously worked for specialty retailers including Pretty Girl Fashion, Woolworths and Colorado, will take on his new role on July 1.
Announcing the appointment, Pandora CEO Bjorn Gulden said that Allen “brings profound retail experience and energetic leadership to the global management team”.
“I look forward to working with him,” he said.
“I am confident David has the right set of both personal and professional skills to successfully bring Pandora to the next level in this region.”
Adcock established Pandora as an independent distributor in Australia in 2004 and, in 2010, was included as a fully owned subsidiary in the Pandora Group.
Adcock said that she had decided to step down from her role as “it’s time for a change”.
“I need to take a step back and restore my work life balance and reassess my future direction,” she said.
“I have great confidence in handing over to David, and I have no doubt he will be a great leader of our brand in Australia.”
Adcock will however continue in her roles as chairman of the Pandora Australia Advisory Board and chiarman of the Pandora Franchise Advisory Council. She will also continue as an ambassador for Pandora in the region, representing the brand at various occasions.
In his official statement, Gulden described Adcock as “a true custodian of the Pandora brand”.
“She has played a pivotal role in the successful development of Pandora in Australia and New Zealand and has contributed significantly to making Pandora one of the world’s largest jewellery brands.
“I fully respect Karin’s decision to stand back from daily operations, and I am very pleased that we will still be able to draw from her extensive experience and insight in the Australian retail jewellery environment.”
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