Having worked with Mark on the international expansion of the business, I would describe him as a visionary and a strategist, with high drive to deliver successful outcomes through strong and decisive leadership.
Mark “thinks big” and challenges “status quo” and was able to successfully change dynamics of the business to allow it to get to the next level.
It was a privilege working with Mark and would recommend him highly.
Mark is a clear leader, well networked globally, respected on the international stage and is able to open up new markets. Over the past five years, Mark has ventured to many countries, understanding the differing retail markets first-hand, and is well placed to support retailers on their International expansion.
I have worked with Mark as a co-director for more than three years, In this time I have found him to be complete professional who relishes a challenge.
Mark has excellent people skills and a good understanding of how to get the most out of his team. Personally I have found it a pleasure to work with him.
I have known Mark since 2013, when sourcing the Flagship store for The Toy Store in Oxford Street, London. Mark is a commercially astute retailer, focussed on profits and ROI, strong negotiator and leads from the front. He is comfortable making difficult decisions when required for the benefit of the business.
Based on his experience, Mark would fit well into any retail exec team, adding value across all departments, challenging the business strategically and operationally, to deliver on its plan. Mark understands the retail business model throughout and I would expect him to continue with his success to date.
I have known Mark for the past 10 years, supporting him from a HR perspective on a number of projects – CFO at IDEss Retail Limited and CEO at RM Retail Limited when he opened the flagship store in Oxford Street.
Mark gains respect from his employees and direct team, through his leadership, genuine empathy, clear communication and vision for driving businesses forward. He faces challenges head on, drives out solutions and ensures they are delivered. It is a pleasure to work alongside Mark and would recommend him highly.
Over the years of interaction, I found Mark to be a consummate professional who combines financial fluency with a clear understanding of company dynamics and market forces.
He is a results oriented manager who demonstrated the capability of leading an organisation during an aggressive growth phase as well as during an economic downturn.
I also worked with Mark on a number of transactions where he demonstrated a very practical and effective approach to deal making.