Next plc has announced the appointment of Venetia Butterfield as an independent non-executive director of the company with effect from 2 April 2024. Upon appointment, she will become a member of the nomination, audit and remuneration committees.
Butterfield is managing director of Cornerstone, the largest adult division of Penguin Random House. Previously, Butterfield was publisher of Penguin General and managed the Viking, Penguin Business and Penguin Life imprints. Butterfield is on the board of governors of the Southbank Centre and was also vice-chair of governors for West London Free School Primary and Earl’s Court Free School.
The company stated that “Venetia brings to the Board her experience as an accomplished business leader and experienced marketing professional. Venetia’s successful leadership of an independent business within a larger conglomerate will be particularly helpful as NEXT steadily increases the number of businesses it takes on within the group through its Total Platform initiatives.”