By Ben Sillitoe - 09:54AM - Wed 4th August 2010
British Retail Consortium (BRC) Trading Chairman Gordon Brown is stepping down from the role due to ill health.
The process has already started to find a replacement for the experienced retail man, who has held the position for the last four years.
Whoever takes over the job will be tasked with looking after the commercial arm of the consortium, which includes a range of responsibilities from strategy development, planning and reporting, to providing management leadership to the Trading Board.
Stephen Robertson, BRC Director General, said: “On behalf of the BRC Trading Board, I’d like to thank Gordon Brown for his great contribution and wise counsel. Under his chairmanship the business has enjoyed tremendous growth.”
Brown will also be resigning his chairmanships of online furniture retailer Multiyork and bargain retailer 99p Stores.
In an interview with Retail Gazette last week, founder and Commercial Director of 99p Stores, Hussein Lalani, said his company had benefited from Brown’s experience over the last few months.
The former Wilkinson boss has held the chairman role at the Northampton-based company since October 2009, and Lalani acknowledged his good work.
“As non-execs usually do he has given a bit of guidance, a bit of mentoring and allowed us to draw on his experience,” he explained.
“He was at Wilkinson for around 15 years and grew the company from around £100 million in sales to approximately £1 billion - he has a good pedigree.”