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Allan Leighton on advice for a CEO on a new turnaround company
Allan Leighton, Former Chairman, Royal Mail Group
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Allan started his career in Mars Confectionery as a Salesman in 1974. He worked his way up through the company before leaving in 1991. He then joined Pedigree Petfoods, where he was Sales Director until his appointment in 1992 to Asda Stores Ltd. He began his career in Asda as Group Marketing Director and was appointed Chief Executive in September 1996. In November 1999 when the American company Wal-Mart bought Asda Allan became the President and CEO of Wal-Mart Europe.
In November 2000 he left Asda and developed a new work ethic – ‘Going Plural’ – as he took on non-executive positions in a number of companies including lastminute.com, Dyson Ltd, Cannons Group Ltd, Bhs Ltd, BSkyB Group plc and Selfridges & Co.
Allan joined the Royal Mail as company Chairman in 2002, whilst in post he drove a period of modernisation that has transformed Royal Mail from loss making into a profitable business. Allan stepped down from his role in March 2009 making him the Royal Mail’s longest serving Chairman.
Allan was President of Loblaw Companies ltd from April 2008 and has acted as a Consultant to George Weston Ltd (Holding company of Loblaw) since 2000. In February 2011, Allan announced that he was stepping aside as President and deputy chairman of Loblaw but will continue his role as business advisor to George Weston ltd.
Allan is currently Chairman of Pandora A/S, Chairman of Pace, Chairman of Office, Chairman of MusicMagpie.co.uk and deputy Chairman of an Inspirational Journey.
In 2004 Allan was awarded an Honorary Degree atCranfieldUniversityand in 2010 theUniversityofLancashireawarded him an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of outstanding achievements.
Allan is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and all proceeds from his books ‘On Leadership: Practical Wisdom from the People Who Know’ and ‘Tough Calls’ go to this charity as part of his pledge to raise £1million for this fantastic cause.
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