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Sally Scott becomes MD in UK, the online flash sales website, has appointed Sally Scott to the newly-created position of UK managing director. Sally will oversee Vente-privee’s activities in the UK, both B2B and B2C related. Her appointment marks a new stage for Vente-privee’s growth in the UK; a market of increasing importance for the company (see also news feature: UK site launches wine sector and interview with co-founder Xavier Court).

A native of Toronto Canada, Sally began her career in the Old Masters Department of Sotheby’s in London after completing her BA in Art History and Italian from the University of Toronto. After four years in the art world, she transitioned into fashion magazines, working for titles such as ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar as promotions director over a seven-year period. In 1999, upon returning to Toronto, she was hired as promotions director for Holt Renfrew and worked her way up to the position of marketing director. Holt Renfrew’s owner Galen Weston then invited her to return to London in 2005 to be the marketing director for his newest luxury department store acquisition; Selfridges. After six years spent at the helm of marketing for Selfridges, Sally Scott joined the luxury shopping village outlet group Value Retail in 2011 as marketing director.

Jacques-Antoine Granjon, co-founder and president, comments: “Sally Scott’s rich career experience as former marketing director of Selfridge’s and Value Retail Group, combined with her passion and enthusiasm for online retail make her the perfect choice to head Vente-privee’s UK activity. I am truly delighted to welcome her into the company.”  

“I am thrilled to be joining such a successful and innovative company. The UK is a major focus for the company’s international growth and I am looking forward to overseeing a new chapter of Vente-privee’s development in this dynamic market,” says Sally. (which means private sales in French), founded the online sales event concept and is the global leader in the sector. Specialising in selling brand overstock since 2001, online sales are exclusive to its 24 million members in Europe. Registration to the club is free and with no purchase obligation. Sales are for a limited time only (5 to 7 days) and are organised in close collaboration with over 2,600 major international brands in all product categories: ready-to-wear, homewares, wine, toys, sports, high-tech, etc…Thanks to its partnerships with brands, offers irresistible discounts (50-70% off). With 2,100 employees in eight European countries, the .com generated €1.7 billion gross turnover in 2014. 

23 March 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor