Anders Kristiansen (businessman)

Anders Christian Kristiansen (born 5 February 1967) is a Danish businessman, and an ex Chief Executive of the British retail chain New Look.[1] He was appointed Chief executive of Esprit in 2018.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Kristiansen grew up in Denmark.


Early in his career, Kristiansen held executive positions at Bog & Ide in Denmark and Euro Buro in Germany.[3][4] Kristiansen was Director of International Accounts at Herlitz in Germany before becoming European Sales and Marketing Director at GBC in Belgium.[4]

In 2000 Kristiansen joined Lyreco, the worldwide distributor of office supplies and workplace products, serving as Managing Director of Europe in France.[4][5] From 2003 to 2010, Kristiansen was Managing Director for Asia Pacific, based in China.[5]

Staples Inc.Edit

In 2010 Kristiansen was appointed President China and SVP at Staples Inc., the fortune 500 American multinational office supply retailing corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and was a member of the Senior Leadership Team.[4]

BESTSELLER Fashion Group ChinaEdit

In 2011 Kristiansen was appointed Vice CEO of Bestseller Fashion Group China, one of China's leading fashion retailers operating more than 7,000 stores in over 500 cities throughout China.[6][7]

New LookEdit

In 2013, Kristiansen was appointed Chief Executive of New Look, the global fashion retailer based in Weymouth in Dorset.[1] New Look has over 1,100 stores in 16 countries. During his time at the company, New Look implemented an omnichannel retail strategy, launched with several third party ecommerce platforms and entered the Chinese market to build a network of 130 stores alongside an online business in the country.[8] In May 2015, New Look was sold to Brait SA, the investment company, for £1.9bn.[9] Kristiansen departed the business in September 2017 following a significant drop in revenue and profits from which the business has struggled to recover.


Kristiansen currently serves as an advisor to Permira, a global private equity fund.[2]


In March 2018, Kristiansen was appointed Group CEO of Esprit Holdings, a global retail brand selling fashion and housewares, succeeding Jose Martínez.[2]

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Business positions
Preceded by
Alistair McGeorge (Executive Chairman)
Chief Executive of New Look
Succeeded by


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  2. ^ a b c "Fashion exec named to succeed Esprit CEO Martínez". The Standard. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  3. ^ "Indkøbssamarbejde: in/out har smidt Jørn Bach på porten | BogMarkedet". BogMarkedet (in Danish). Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  4. ^ a b c d "Staples announces changes in its international business". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  5. ^ a b "Kristiansen to leave Lyreco | OPI - Office Products International". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  6. ^ "New Look eyes China expansion after profits jump". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  7. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Bestseller Fashion Group (China) Go Live with 7thonline Allocation - 7thonline". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  8. ^ "New Look puts sales growth down to multichannel trading, but warns of 'challenging' UK trading". InternetRetailing. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  9. ^ "Meet the South African billionaire that just bought New Look". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2018-05-22.