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World Retail Congress to Honor Net-a-Porter

Natalie Massenet and former ceo Mark Sebba are to jointly receive the Outstanding Leadership Award.

LONDON — The World Retail Congress is to honor Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of the Net-a-porter Group and Mark Sebba, the online luxury retailer’s now-retired chief executive officer, with its Outstanding Leadership Award for 2014.

The two executives are to receive the award at the World Retail Awards dinner in Paris Sept. 30, marking the first time that the award has been presented to two people at the same time.

The World Retail Congress said the award recognizes Massenet and Sebba’s “exceptional skills and vision,” in creating Net-a-porter, The Outnet and Mr Porter.

Massenet is also being recognized for her role as chairman of the British Fashion Council, which she took up at the beginning of 2013, the WRC said. Massenet founded Net-a-porter in 2000, while Sebba joined the firm as ceo in 2003. Sebba retired from the post in July, but will continue as a non-executive director at the firm.

Past recipients of the award include the late Yves Carcelle, the former Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer, who was honored in 2013 and Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, who received the award in 2012.