John joined OpCapita as an Operating Partner in 2016. He participates in investee company Operational Review meetings and plays a major role in the assessment and business planning for new investments.
John has over thirty years’ experience in consumer and retail businesses. He was Chief Executive of House of Fraser Plc from 1996 until 2006 and transformed it from a staid conservative department store group into one of the UK’s leading multi-brand fashion retailers, significantly increasing in EBITDA during his tenure. Prior to that, he ran Texas Homecare Ltd for two years until its successful sale to Sainsbury’s Plc in 1995. His early career was spent running several divisions of The Burton Group Plc, including Top Shop and Top Man from 1990 to 1991 and Dorothy Perkins from 1991 to 1993. He was Chairman of Aga Rangemaster Plc from 2008 and Holidaybreak Plc from 2009 until their highly successful acquisitions in 2015 and 2011 respectively. He was also Chairman of PJSC Mvideo, Russia’s largest consumer electronics retailer from 2015 to 2017.
John is currently Chairman of AppelrathCüpper and Merkal Calzados, OpCapita investee companies, as well as Bonmarche Plc, a UK value fashion retailer. He is also Chairman of McBride Plc, Europe’s leading manufacturer of private label household products and Barchester Healthcare Ltd, a major UK care home company.