Indigo Books and Music has hired British fashion retail baron Peter Ruis to lead the company as president, reporting to CEO Heather Reisman. Ruis will be relocating from London to Toronto with his family.
Ruis was CEO of the U.K.’s women’s fashion retailer Jigsaw Group before becoming managing director of Anthropologie URBN Group in 2018. He also previously worked for John Lewis, Levi Straus & Co., and Ted Baker.
“We look forward to having Peter bring his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Indigo at this exciting moment in our business as we pivot to a Living with Intention company, providing our customers with the ideas, experts, and products to help them in their quest to live with purpose,” Reisman said in a statement. There were no further details on how the “Living with Intention” philosophy will inform the brand.
Kirsten Chapman was appointed president of Indigo in 2019. Indigo had not confirmed if she would continue to have a role with the company as of press time.
Update, Feb. 3: Kate Gregory, director, public relations, at Indigo, confirms that Kirsten Chapman will part ways with the company. “Kirsten Chapman has decided that the time is right to leave Indigo to explore a next chapter in her business building career. She remains excited about Indigo’s future as a book lover’s ‘happy place’ and is proud of the role she played in building a great Canadian brand. We wish Kirsten all the best on this exciting next chapter.”