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Susanne Given

Chairman of MADE & Hush

London, UK

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Susanne’s Biography

Susanne Given has been at the forefront of the retail industry and its online transition for the past two decades, working for digitally native brands and established industry leaders, including John Lewis, TK Maxx and Superdry. She currently chairs fast-growing digital scale-ups MADE and Hush.

Her experience, which has included all aspects of retail from value to luxury, food to fashion and high street to omni-channel, as well distribution centres, gives her a 360 degree understanding of international retail and related supply chains. She has been responsible for delivering digital transformation projects, international expansion, re-engineering supply chains and managing rapid growth.

As chair of MADE, Susanne has overseen the board transition from a founder-led business and the repositioning from a values-based ecommerce retailer, to MADE becoming Europe's leading digitally native design and homewares brand. She has worked closely with the executive team to scale the platform for rapid growth internationally, achieving a threefold increase in revenues over the last four years.

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Susanne Given has been at the forefront of the retail industry and its online transition for the past two decades, working for digitally native brands and established industry leaders, including John Lewis, TK Maxx and Superdry. She currently chairs fast-growing digital scale-ups MADE and Hush.

Her experience, which has included all aspects of retail from value to luxury, food to fashion and high street to omni-channel, as well distribution centres, gives her a 360 degree understanding of international retail and related supply chains. She has been responsible for delivering digital transformation projects, international expansion, re-engineering supply chains and managing rapid growth.

As chair of MADE, Susanne has overseen the board transition from a founder-led business and the repositioning from a values-based ecommerce retailer, to MADE becoming Europe's leading digitally native design and homewares brand. She has worked closely with the executive team to scale the platform for rapid growth internationally, achieving a threefold increase in revenues over the last four years.

Her Non-Executive career has also included time at Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Eurostar, Push Doctor, Outfittery, and Deloitte North and South Europe, as well as FTSE 250 constituent Tritax Big Box REIT plc and Middle Eastern-based luxury retail group Al Tayer.

During her Executive career, Susanne has taken on several high-profile roles at leading brands. She was COO and a main board director at FTSE 250 company, Superdry. Susanne took a lead role in City engagement and the rebuilding of shattered investor confidence, as well as creating and implementing a five year strategy for all infrastructure, sourcing, logistics and IT projects to ensure systems were robust and fit for global expansion.

Susanne is well connected with early stage founders and the technology ecosystem, and speaks at leading conferences.
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Susanne’s Newsfeed

Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation
Global retail and consumer goods expert joins our board

Experienced non-executive leader, Susanne Given is featured in an article by Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation regarding the recent announcement that she has joined the foundation's board of trustees.

Drapers
Susanne Given joins Hush

Susanne Given, Chairman of MADE.COM is quoted in an article by Drapers regarding her recent appointment as Non-Executive Chairman of Hush.

Susanne’s Background

MADE.COM
Non-Executive Chairman
2015 - Present
London, UK
MADE led the digital transformation in the homewares and furniture market, combining a simplified supply chain, and contemporary design aesthetic, with a clean customer-facing digital interface, supported with showrooms not shops. Appointed as a Non-Executive Director in 2015, Susanne was elevated to the position of Chairman in 2016.
Hush Homewear Ltd
Non-Executive Chairman
Sep 2020 - Present
London, UK
Hush is a leading women’s fashion and lifestyle retailer. A fast-growing retailer with ambitious plans for expansion, Hush is known for its effortless and laidback aesthetic as well as its innovative marketing and branding.
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Susanne’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Forward Partners
Non-Executive Director
Jun 2021 - Present
London, UK
Forward Partners is a Venture Capital company based in London, they invest in the next top tech businesses in the UK through venture funding.
Trent Holdings
Non-Executive Director
2020 - Present
Mumbai, IN
Trent Limited, operating as Westside, is the retail arm of the Tata group and is one of the fastest-growing retail chains in India.

Previous Board Positions

Wm Morrisons Supermarkets plc
Non-Executive Director
Aug 2020 - Oct 2021
Bradford, UK
Morrisons was founded in 1899 and is now the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. The supermarket chain has almost 500 stores in the UK and offers an online home delivery service.
Al Tayer Group
Non-Executive Director & Chair of REMCO Al Tayer Insignia
Jan 2017 - Jul 2021
Dubai, AE
Al Tayer Group, founded in 1979, is one of the most established and respected groups in the Middle East. Headquartered in Dubai, the company operates approximately 200 stores in 6 countries. Their portfolio includes a wide range of retail, beauty, and automotive brands including Bvlgari, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s, Ferrari, and Maserati.
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Current Advisory Roles

Retail Week
Advisory Board Member
May 2018 - Present
London, UK
Retail Week is a UK based publication that shares global news, analysis, data and key market reports related to the retail industry.

Previous Advisory Roles

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SellNeeds
Advisory Board Member
Mar 2016 - Mar 2017
Paris, FR
SellNeeds is a digital business solutions provider. Based in Paris, the firm focuses on partnering with leading providers to offer customers the ‘crème de la crème’ of solutions for their business.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Member & Advisor to the Foreign Economic Forum
Aug 2014 - Dec 2016
Copenhagen, DK
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark is in charge of the Kingdom’s foreign policy and relations, including development aid, trade policy and legal affairs.

Philanthropy

Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation
Trustee
Nov 2021 - Present
London, UK
Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation, based in London, is an independent charitable organisation dedicated to creating a healthier society.
Child Bereavement UK
Development Board Member
Apr 2016 - Mar 2018
Child Bereavement UK is a non-profit organisation that supports families and children dealing with bereavement.

Media

Drapers
Susanne Given joins Hush
Oct 2020
London, UK
This is Money
Former SuperGroup boss set to pep up online GP service Push Doctor
Oct 2016
London, UK
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Memberships

Snowball
Member
Snowball is a technology think tank that hosts an annual ski event. Led by business leaders, Snowball connects innovative founders and entrepreneurs in the technology sector in an extraordinary location to provoke thinking and conversations.

Awards & Endorsements

Gordon & Eden
Inspirational Women in Business
Susanne is featured as one of Gordon & Eden’s ‘Inspirational Women in Business’. She answers five questions about her journey, sharing her knowledge and advice about things she has learnt throughout her career.

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