The online CEO of fashion giant Missguided has left just eight months after joining.

Gareth Jones joined the Manchester-based business in September after spending eight years at Liverpool’s Shop Direct.

He joined Shop Direct in 2009 as group retail director and was promoted to the newly created role of deputy chief executive in October 2014.

He had left the hugely successful online retailer in December 2016 to go travelling with his family.

Prior joining Shop Direct, he was managing director of Phones4u Direct.

“It’s with mutual agreement that Gareth Jones has left the business, we wish him all the best with future endeavours,” Missguided said in a statement.

Jones had reported to group chief executive Nitin Passi.