Beth Butterwick has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career in Retail for over 26 years. Having completed a Fashion & Marketing Degree, she joined Marks & Spencer on their Graduate Training Scheme, where she spent 16 years in their GM Division. She joined Gap Inc in 2005 as part of the Senior Management Team responsible for delivering the European Expansion Programme.
In 2009 she joined MS Mode BV, part of KKR's Maxeda Group and based in Amsterdam as Commercial Director, playing a key part in its performance improvement prior to its acquisition by Excellent Retail Brands. In 2011 she returned to the UK to take up a Brand Director role at Bonmarché. 8 weeks into the role the business was put into administration; Beth, promoted to CEO, led the successful sale process to Sun Europe LLP private equity. During her 5 years there, she steered the company through a massive turnaround, including a successful stock market flotation on AIM Listing in November 2013. In September 2016 Beth took up the role of CEO at Karen Millen a Global fashion retailer with 400 shops in 65 countries.
Owned by Kaupthing bank, in October 2018 KMFL acquired Coast; she was charged with delivering a successful transformation programme. In August 2019 she completed the successful sale of both brands to Boohoo. Beth currently operating as a consultant working on a number of projects, including for one of the Jigsaw shareholders. In recognition of Beth’s services to the retail industry, she was awarded the Draper’s 2015 Retail Personality of the Year. That same year she was made Barclay’s Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her dedication and services to Bonmarché a Yorkshire-based business. In November 2017 Beth was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for her services in Retail.