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Debenhams appoints ex-Pepe Jeans Asia-Pacific director as new international boss

Debenhams has appointed former managing director for the Asia Pacific market for Pepe Jeans, David Smith, as its new international director.

Smith was at Pepe Jeans from 2011 to 2012. He previously worked for the firm as international business development manager from 1986 to 1990.

In the interim period he held several roles at VF Corporation, which owns brands including Timberland, and was formally vice president of Dockers, part of the Levi Strauss group. He was most recently managing director for the Asia Pacific region for The Body Shop.

Smith replaces Francis McCauley, who left Debenhams last June. He will join the executive committee, reporting to chief executive Michael Sharp.

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