Jul 2, 2019

Mike Ashley loses key ally at Sports Direct

A key ally of Sports Direct's chief executive Mike Ashley has quit the business after more than 20 years. Ms Byers joined Sports Direct from fashion chain River Island in 1992. Those efforts have been led largely by Michael Murray, head of elevation at Sports Direct and the fiancé of Mr Ashley's daughter, who took on more responsibility at the retailer last year. Sports Direct said Mr Murray would continue in his current role and would not be taking over Ms Byers' job, although Mr Ashley emphasised that "The focus of the business as we move forward will be brand elevation." "Mike has in the past said that there is no key man risk at Sports Direct, but there is key woman risk. He was referring to her."

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