Rose will replace Alan Giles, who will step down after almost seven years in the role. Rose will join the board on March 1 and succeed Giles as chairman on July 26.
He has also been a member of Bridgepoint’s Advisory Board since 2008.
Rose has extensive retail experience having previously been chairman and chief executive of Marks & Spencer, and chief executive of Arcadia Group, Argos and Booker.
The move comes just weeks after Rose became chairman designate of online grocer Ocado. He is also a non-executive director of Land Securities, chairman of Blue and a non-executive director of Woolworths, a South African-based listed retail group.
“Fat Face is now performing well and the company is positively positioned for a record year,” Giles said in a statement. “With the brand on firm foundations and a strong management team in place I feel that it is now time to hand over to a new chairman.
“I am confident that Stuart, working with Anthony Thompson, will be a powerful driver of yet further success for Fat Face.”
The move highlights Bridgepoint’s efforts to boost Fat Face’s performance, which the London-based firm bought from Advent International for £360m at the height of the buyout boom in 2007.
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