CPLG bolsters UK team with double promotion and double hire

CPLG has bolstered the UK team with two promotions and a two new appointments.

Stacy Scimia has been promoted to retail and category director UK and will head up the UK retail team as well as oversee the softlines category. 

Scimia has been a key member of the CPLG team for over 15 years, starting in product development before moving into softlines sales.

Meanwhile, Laura Rowland joined the team in October 2018 as category manager softlines reporting into Stacy. Laura joins from French Connection where she held the role of licensing manager, and prior to that worked within the licensing team at Austin Reed Group.

Emily French Ullah has been promoted to category director hardlines and publishing. She has been with CPLG for over five years and has extensive experience in the hardlines sector, having worked across toys, gifting, stationery, back-to-school and publishing categories. 

Reporting into Emily French Ullah is Deborah Skeffington who recently joined as sales executive hardlines and publishing. Deborah previously held the role of sales and licensing executive at film distributor Carnaby International, and prior to that did an internship at HarperCollins.

Maarten Weck, managing director for Northern Europe at CPLG, said: “Both Stacy and Emily are an integral part of the CPLG UK team and this is a natural next step for them. 

"They are experts in their categories and are well respected within the UK licensing industry. With the support of both Laura, Deborah and the wider UK team, we are perfectly placed to maximise our properties at both a licensee and retail level.”

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