New Look has announced the appointment of Nigel Oddy as its new chief operating officer.

Oddy – a former chief executive of House of Fraser, and more recently, The Range – will begin in his new role on April 1.

He will report to New Look executive chairman Alistair McGeorge.

Oddy joins the fashion retailer at a pivotal time for the business, as it undergoes a painful refinancing scheme, exits international markets and pushes on with a major CVA that has resulted in a raft of store closures and job cuts.

“I am delighted to welcome Nigel to the business,” McGeorge said.

“His operational expertise and significant retail experience will be a great asset to the team as New Look continues to deliver on its turnaround strategy and reposition itself for future growth.”

Oddy said: “New Look is a strong brand with 50 years of heritage and a great team. I look forward to being part of the business at this exciting point in its development.”

Oddy spent more than 10 years at House of Fraser, including chief executive from 2015 until 2017.

Prior to that, he was House of Fraser’s chief operating officer for four years.

After he left House of Fraser, he took the helm of The Range but stepped down at the end of last year.