Halifax designer named head of Burberry

Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Director of Burberry Ltd.'Burburry  trench coats donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive at Salts Mill where the first YFA exhibition 'Dress Rehearsal' will be held in April.  17 March 2011.'Picture Bruce Rollinson
Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Director of Burberry Ltd.'Burburry trench coats donated to the Yorkshire Fashion Archive at Salts Mill where the first YFA exhibition 'Dress Rehearsal' will be held in April. 17 March 2011.'Picture Bruce Rollinson

A Calderdale fashion designer who proved he can cut it in the design room of a leading fashion house will take to the board as CEO of Burberry.

Former Sowerby Bridge High School student Christopher Bailey will take over Angela Ahrendts as chief executive officer of British design label Burberry, by mid-2014.

Mr Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 and has been chief creative officer (CCO) since 2007.

Burberry confirmed that Mr Bailey will continue to create and drive the vision of Burberry.

Designer Bailey said: “I am profoundly moved and humbled to be asked to take on the CEO role at a company that means so much to me. I also feel privileged to keep my role as CCO as I believe that creativity and innovation have been at the heart of our success in the last ten years.

Existing CEO Angela Ahrendts will work with Christopher Bailey in the transitional stage.

She said: “I am confident that, with Sir John’s continued guidance and executive team support, Christopher as one of this generation’s greatest visionaries, will continue to lead Burberry to new heights.”

Chairman of Burberry Sir John Peace commented: “Christopher’s vision and leadership, with the excellent management team, will keep Burberry on the forefront creatively, digitally and financially.”