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John Carolan takes on new role as head of baby at Boots

Former head of buying for Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s takes on new role after 12 years.

After 12 years, John Carolan has left his role at Tu clothing at Sainsbury’s Argos for a new challenge.

John (pictured) – who was head of buying across menswear, womenswear and childrenswear at the grocer, dealing with a number of key licences during his tenure – has joined the team at Walgreens Boots Alliance as head of baby.

Speaking about his time at Tu, John commented: “It’s been a brilliant 12 years in which I’ve learnt loads, worked alongside so many brilliant people, and been privileged to build and lead some outstanding teams.

“Tu has been a truly great place to work, building a brand with some amazing, inspiring people, some of whom will be friends for life. I feel privileged to have worked for such a unique and iconic brand and wish everyone at Tu, Sainsbury’s, Argos and all the supply partners the very best for the future.”

John is joining the Boots baby team at a key time for the business. The retailer has struck a franchise partnership with Mothercare – a comprehensive Mothercare offering is due to be available online and in-store from late summer, having been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about his new role, John said: “I feel really privileged to be joining a business with such heritage and focus on the customer, which is particularly key at this time of economic and environmental change.

“Loving [the team’s] passion and focus for product, customer, innovation, colleagues and also each other. Very excited to learn more and feel very privileged to be leading the Boots Baby team into an exciting future in a business with so many creative plans already set up and more to come.”

Prior to joining Sainsbury’s in 2008, John held roles at Next Group and Mothercare.

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