Ms Zoe Withers

CFO at Victoria Beckham

London, GB

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Mar 2021 - Present

Victoria Beckham

CFO

May 2019 - Dec 2020

FACEGYM

CFO

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Apr 2009 - Apr 2019

Joseph Ltd

CFO

Finance Director of the Joseph Group. Subsidaries in the UK, France and the US. The group designs and sells prenium fashion clothing for women and men.

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Feb 2008 - Mar 2009

Whittard of Chelsea

CFO

CFO and Company Secretary, board responsibility for Finance, IT Logistics and rent reviews. Company own by PE House Responsibilties Partners the CEO in developing and implementing Strategic and Operational strategy Leads the Finance and Logistics departments, improving service and skills while reducing costs Liaises with PE house, investment and commercial banks, suppliers and auditors Manages cash and treasury activity. Ensures legal complian Achievements Sold the business to an equity house Epic. Worked closely with KPMG on the preparation of the Investment Memorandum and data room in view of the sale of the company. Met prospective acquirers and addressed the issues arising from their due diligence. Ensure Whittard remained solvency when there was a removal of planned headroom, following the administration of our Icelandic investment bank and the withdraw of suppliers’ credit insurance. This was done through a variety of means including re-establishment of credit insurance, part paying rent and negotiating with suppliers and reaching agreement with Local Authorities and Central Government on delaying payments. Developed a Strategic Plan that led to an additional £2m investment from shareholders and investment bank. Renegotiated broken bank covenants on a £14.5m debt. Installed a new pick and pack operation within the warehouse to meet forecast demand for internet orders. Previously logistic had been a bottleneck. Investigated a Financial fraud at a subsidiary and dismissed senior staff for gross miss conduct.

Oct 2007 - Jan 2008

Harcrow Ltd

Finance Director Transportation (Interim)

Mar 2005 - Apr 2007

Avon Cosmetics

Central & East Europe Executive Finance Director

Executive Finance Director Central Eastern Europe, Avon Cosmetics, Warsaw (Poland), matrix structure reporting to CEE General Manager in Poland and Finance Director in New York. Responsible for business unit turnover $1.4 billion, operating margin of 22%, 22 countries and 150 reportees

Sep 2003 - Mar 2005

Avon Cosmetics

Finance Director Italy & Fashion Elite

Finance Director of Avon Italy and Fashion Elite Gross Margin, Avon Cosmetics, Milan (Italy), matrix structure reported to the Italian General Manager, Fashion Elite General Manager and Regional Finance Director in UK. Responsible for business unit turnover of $250 million, operating margin of 12%, 3 countries and 60 reportees

Oct 2001 - Aug 2003

Avon Cosmetics

Finance Director Avon Ukraine

Finance Director of Avon Ukraine, Avon Cosmetics, Kiev (Ukraine), matrix structure reported to Ukrainian General Managers and Finance Director in UK. Responsible for turnover of $100 million, operating margin of 29%, and 28 reportees

Jan 1993 - Sep 2001

The Ryvita Co

Finance & IT Director

Finance and IT Director Ryvita Company Ltd Poole UK, (part of Associated British Foods plc), turnover $60 million, operating margin 18%, 28 reportees.

1983 - 1989

BDO Stoy Hayward

Auditor

Education

1996 - 1998

Cranfield University

MBA, Business

Executive MBA

1985 - 1989

ICAEW

Chartered Accountancy, Accountancy

Chartered Accountancy

1980 - 1983

Oxford Brooks University

Degree, Politics and Economics

Politics and Economics

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