LONDON — Harrods’ revolving management door is spinning faster than ever.

The company has confirmed that Max Rigelman, its latest managing director, has resigned his post after less than two months on the job. The company said in a statement that Rigelman was called back to the U.S. for personal reasons and was unable to return to the U.K. The Harrods statement said Rigelman would resume his retirement in the Seattle area.

The company said that Steve Davie, group finance director, would be acting managing director during the search for a replacement.

Rigelman had been chief executive and managing director of Kurt Geiger, which operates the footwear concessions in Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty of London and a string of company-owned stores, when he took over for Marty Wikstrom last month. He was the company’s third managing director to leave the store in a little over two years.

As reported, Rigelman had retained a management position at Kurt Geiger when he took over as managing director at Harrods. The latest Harrods statement, however, suggests that Rigelman has also given up his responsibilities at Geiger.

Wikstrom, who like Rigelman is a former Nordstrom executive, left her post when her contract ended this year. She had been on the job since November 2001.

Industry sources said Rigelman had become frustrated with life at Harrods. It’s no secret that owner Mohammed Al Fayed is a hands-on boss who rarely delegates any of his authority.

Al Fayed, though, clearly sees it another way. In a recent interview, he told the Times of London there was nothing untoward about so many senior managers leaving. "Some have left because they fail to live up to expectations," he said.

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