LONDON — Alannah Weston is moving up, becoming chairman of Selfridges Group, a role previously held by her father, W. Galen Weston, who will become chairman emeritus of the family-owned group.
Selfridges said Wednesday that Weston’s promotion is part of a planned succession within the family business. The change will take effect immediately. In addition to Selfridges, the group includes Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland, Holt Renfrew in Canada and de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands.
The group said Weston, who until now had served as deputy chairman, will oversee Selfridges Group’s commitment to “significant investment” across all of its banner businesses, and continue the retailer’s leadership in the area of sustainability. Weston will also work closely with the recently announced leadership team to position the business for continued growth.
As reported last October, Selfridges promoted its top managers just weeks after the firm reported an 11.5 percent uptick in 2017-18 revenues to 1.75 billion pounds.
Paul Kelly became managing director of Wittington Property Investments in the U.K. and Europe, responsible for the development of the group’s portfolio of properties. Anne Pitcher succeed Kelly as managing director of Selfridges Group, while Simon Forster replaced Pitcher as managing director of Selfridges & Co., overseeing its four stores in the U.K. and the growing omnichannel business.
Galen Weston said Wednesday that he has had the pleasure of working alongside his daughter over many years, “and have seen up close her continued commitment to driving our performance, leadership and innovation.”
Alannah Weston said: “I welcome the opportunity to work with our great people to create the best destination department stores, providing extraordinary experiences for our customers both in stores and online. I am also determined to continue building a truly sustainable, successful business.”
Weston was named deputy chairman in 2014, a newly created role, after having served as creative director of the British department store group for a decade.
The Weston family purchased Selfridges & Co. in 2003, and are actively involved in the entire group alongside senior management. The company said the family takes a long-term view of its investments, “which is underpinned by a desire to leave a great sustainable legacy.”