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HOT 100 2015 BRAND CHAMPIONS: James Cook, Jon Crossick and Nick Callegari

James Cook, Jon Crossick & Nick Callegari, retail director, managing director & wholesale director, Thomas Sabo UK & Ireland

With their combined skills and passion for Thomas Sabo, James, Jon and Nick have helped to shape and transform the brand in recent months.

For Nick, his proudest achievement has been “building a driven passionate team that provides the very best levels of service to all our wholesale partner”. Thanks to a bit of restructuring the wholesale department at Thomas Sabo is stronger than ever, with Nick noting: “I absolutely believe we now have a team and collection in place to ensure the Thomas Sabo brand continues to take market share from our competitors and grow in the multi-branded jewellery environment.”

For managing director Jon Crossick, his achievements also centre on people, including James, Nick, and recently appointed HR director Melissa Boyd. He also highlights the work of marketing and PR director Louisa Hopwood, finance director James Parker and operations leader Ivar Campbell Cole. Plus, the year has been topped by the opening of Thomas Sabo’s UK flagship store on London’s South Molton Street — the perfect place to get immersed in the brand’s universe. He explains: “The flagship is the perfect way to showcase the world of Thomas Sabo. It creates the perfect environment for the brand that sets the standard for our own retails stores as well as our wholesale partners. Mr. Sabo had wanted a flagship in London for quite a while, and I was delighted to be able to deliver that.”

Retail director James Cook has also been busy instilling a positive attitude in his team, explaining: “Every strategic decision we make only gets to the customer if the retail team bring it alive in the stores. They can only bring it alive if it has been communicated through the entire business and is understood at every level. Therefore, the pace, style and types of communication have been increased greatly so that we celebrate success more, share our goals and allow lots more feedback in both directions.”

When he’s not working Nick can be found shouting words of encouragement from the sidelines of his sons’ football matches, while Jon can be found cheering on Tottenham Hotspur. As a single parent with a young family and 45 stores to oversee, James is certainly a busy man, but he still finds time to indulge his passion for music, video games, vodka cocktails and early morning runs.


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