Ex-Mothercare boss joins chemist backed by Skype founder

Simon Calver has become the chairman of an online pharmacy business Chemist

Simon Calver, the former chief executive of Mothercare (LSE: MTC.Lnews) , has become chairman of
an online pharmacy business backed by one of the founders of Skype.

Mr Calver, who left
the baby and maternity wear retailer last year , has joined Chemist
Direct, which was set up in a garden shed and is now one of Europe’s largest
internet chemist chains.

It is thought to be his first full-time role since leaving Mothercare, where
his reign is remembered for a string of profit warnings.

Investors in Chemist Direct include Atomico, the venture capital firm run by
Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom; Lepe Partners; and DMG Media.

It has 100 distribution and customer service staff in Birmingham, and a
development lab based in Shoreditch, east London.

The company was started by former management consultant Mitesh Soman in 2007.
He began the business with his wife Krishna, a pharmacist.

Mr Calver is understood to have joined in September, in part taking over from
Stuart Rowe, the former Play.com chief who was chief executive from March
2012 and is believed to have left earlier in the year.

At the time of Mr Rowe’s appointment Chemist Direct had 1m customers, and sold
more than 30,000 products at discount prices.

Prior to joining Mothercare, Mr Calver ran LoveFilm, the DVD rental firm now
owned by Amazon. Mr Calver is also the chairman of Moo.com, the London-based
online printing firm.

A spokesman for Chemist Direct confirmed Mr Calver’s new role.

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