London-based brand Galvan announces CEO appointment

London-based eveningwear brand Galvan has appointed Paul O’Regan as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Katherine Holmgren, who is switching to the new position of commercial director.


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O’Regan, an Oxford graduate, started his career in mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street, before joining Ralph Lauren, where he held positions in buying, marketing and communications. He has also worked for premium and high-end fashion brands including Gucci Group (now Kering), Oscar de la Renta, Burberry and, most recently, AllSaints.

He joins Galvan at a time of significant growth. The label launched in 2014 as a destination for modern, clean and cool eveningwear, where pieces are luxurious yet effortless and can be styled in many ways and worn repeatedly. It has since then become a go-to brand for celebrities including Emma Watson, Poppy Delevingne, Kate Upton, Leighton Meester and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In his new role, O’Regan will aim to take the company to the next level in both domestic and international markets. “My immediate focus will be upon building global brand awareness, expanding the existing product range as well as launching new categories, further developing commercial partnerships and driving the revenue potential in direct to consumer channels, such as e-commerce, private clients and retail,” he said in a statement.

Co-founder and commercial director Katherine Holmgren added: “Paul has a proven record of brand building at some of the world’s best fashion houses, and has several years of experience on the financial side of the business. All of us here at Galvan were impressed by Paul’s vision for the company, the breadth and depth of his professional experience and his strong network in the global fashion industry.”

Galvan launched an e-commerce site in 2016 and current stockists include Matches, Farfetch, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Opening Ceremony, The Webster, Maxfield, Bergdorf Goodman, Le Bon Marche, Elyse Walker, Boutique 1, Avenue 32 and Moda Operandi, amongst others.

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