Jonathan Saunders Hires First CEO From Mary Katrantzou

Rupert Maunsell has been brought on to lead a series of key hires.
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Rupert Maunsell has been brought on to lead a series of key hires.
Rupert Maunsell. Photo: LinkedIn

Rupert Maunsell. Photo: LinkedIn

Changes are afoot at Jonathan Saunders's eponymous label. Five months after receiving a private investment from Indian heiress Eiesha Bharti Pasricha (also a backer of designer and Saunders's pal Roksanda Illincic), the 12-year-old company announced Tuesday that it has hired its first CEO, Rupert Maunsell.

Maunsell, who started his new role on Monday, was most recently the operations director at fellow London-based label Mary Katrantzou, a position he held for nearly two years. Prior to that, he served as operations director of online fashion retailer Avenue32 from 2011 to 2013, and the same role at Temperley London for three years before that.

Maunsell's first order of business is leading a "series of key hires across the business in order to execute the strategic growth of the brand," according to a statement. The Jonathan Saunders studio is also relocating to the Clerkenwell neighborhood of central London.

The company did not share any further plans, though it's worth noting that after Pasricha invested in Roksanda 13 months ago, that label hired a new CEO, changed its name from Roksanda Illincic to Roksanda and opened a store. Sans the name change, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Jonathan Saunders label follow a similar trajectory, though a spokesperson for the company said there are no plans to open a store at this point.