TORONTO - Hudson's Bay Co. says it has appointed Iain Nairn as president of Hudson's Bay department store chain.

The company says in a statement that Nairn started in the position yesterday.

Nairn comes to HBC from kikki.K, a global design and stationary business where he served as CEO.

HBC CEO Helena Foulkes says in a statement that the company conducted a worldwide search to find Nairn, whom she is excited to work with to elevate the brand and drive performance.

Nairn says few brands have the strong awareness and customer connection that Hudson's Bay enjoys and he's thrilled to join the retailer.

He replaces Alison Coville, who stepped down in February 2019.