Selfridges promotes Alannah Weston to chair

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Selfridges chair
// Selfridges has named Alannah Weston as its new chair
// This is a promotion for her, having been deputy chair previously
// She will replace her father, Galen Weston, with immediate effect
// Selfridges has been privately-owned by the Weston family since 2003

Selfridges has promoted Alannah Weston from deputy chair to chair of the group with immediate effect.

The promotion is part of a planned succession that sees her takeover from her father, Galen Weston, who will remain on the board as chair emeritus.

In her new role, Weston will be responsible for investment across Selfridges’ banner businesses, as well as take the lead in its sustainability efforts.

She will also work with the recently-announced leadership team – such as Selfridges Group managing director Anne Pitcher and Selfridges & Co managing director Simon Forster – on the luxury department store’s next phase of growth.

“I am delighted to welcome Alannah into this new role,” Galen Weston said in a statement.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside her 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 store and online.

“I am also determined to continue building a truly sustainable, successful business.”

The Weston family has privately owned Selfridges since 2003.

The Selfridges Group consists of the eponymous department store in the UK, Holt Renfrew in Canada, de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands and both Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland.

Galen Weston is also the uncle of Fortnum & Mason chairwoman Kate Hobhouse and AB Foods – parent company of Primark – chief executive George Weston.

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