Lorraine Higgins appointed Retail Excellence CEO

David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence photographed with new CEO Lorraine Higgins
David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence with CEO Lorraine Higgins

Retail Excellence has announced that David Fitzsimons will step down from the role of CEO this summer, to be succeeded by Lorraine Higgins, a former Senator and current deputy CEO.

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23 March 2018 | 0

Retail Excellence, the body which represents and advocates for Ireland’s retail industyr, has announced the appintment of Lorraine Higgins as its new CEO. Higgins, currently in the role of deputy CEO, will take over the top role effective July 1.

Higgins joined Retail Excellence in January 2017 as the organisation’s head of public affairs, and was named deputy CEO in July. Her previous roles included barrister, law lecturer and Senator.

Lorraine Higgins will succeed Retail Excellence founder David Fitzsimons, who led the organization for 22 years. Fitzsimons will take up the role of Chairman of a group of companies.

“Having founded Retail Excellence more than twenty years ago, I believe the time is right for a new CEO to take up the helm,” Fitzsimons said. “Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I can confirm that my colleague Lorraine Higgins will be promoted to that position commencing ‪1st July 2018.

“Lorraine is a very competent person,” he said, “and coming from retailing stock she is fundamentally aware of the issues facing members. I would like to be the first to congratulate Lorraine on her continued advancement in Retail Excellence.”

Lorraine Higgins said the news was a very proud moment for her personally. “I look forward to building on David’s extraordinary success over the past 22 years. I intend to work hard to further drive the strategic development of the organization on every level, with the support of our Board, internal committees and members.

“These are exciting and challenging times in retail,” the new CEO said, “but I will ensure our members continue to be prioritized and that the high standard of service and support they have come to expect, is maintained.”

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