// Louis de Bourgoing, WHSmith’s international chairman and business development director, is to step down
// He has worked for WHSmith for 9 years
// He has been at the forefront of WHSmith’s international expansion
WHSmith’s international chairman and business development director Louis de Bourgoing is set to resign from the books and stationery retailer next month.
De Bourgoing, who has worked with WHSmith for nine years, has been credited for steering WHSmith’s global expansion.
When he first joined the retailer, it only had one overseas store in Paris.
WHSmith now trades from 315 shops around the world, excluding the recent acquisition of InMotion in the US.
De Bourgoing is set to carry out some work with WHSmith on a consultancy basis after he steps down.
“Louis has been instrumental in the international expansion of WHSmith,” international managing director Phil McNally said.
“We now have over 315 WHSmith stores in 30 countries, not including the recent InMotion acquisition in North America.
“We would like to thank Louis for everything he has achieved during his time at WHSmith, he leaves behind a strong legacy.”
WHSmith said it would announce a successor for De Bourgoing in due course.