Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 2 April 2019
Julian is one of the UK’s most successful retailing entrepreneurs; he founded Cult Clothing in 1985, then Superdry in 2003 with James Holder. Julian has delivered 34 years of successful retail growth from start up to a £1.6bn market capitalisation (Superdry, January 2018). Julian’s outstanding commercial instincts and innate understanding of the Superdry customer, coupled with James’ attention to detail, love for iconic product and striking Japanese imagery, saw the brand quickly become a British success story and worn by high-profile celebrities including David Beckham, Kylie Jenner and Idris Elba. In 2010, Julian led the float of the company on the London Stock Exchange at an initial value of £400m. Julian is respected across the industry, winning multiple awards including PLC Entrepreneur of the Year (2013); CEO of the Year: UK Stock Market Awards (2011) and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Retail UK (2010). In 2015, Julian stepped down from his role as Chief Executive at Superdry, taking on the role of Brand Founder and Product Development Director. This allowed him to concentrate on his main passion, the development of new product lines. Julian returned as Interim CEO earlier this year to reignite the original passion of the brand, invigorate the product offering and fulfil Superdry’s potential as a global retail phenomenon.