We are delighted to welcome Allan Leighton back to Jersey for what we know will be another stimulating leadership talk. Registration will be at 5:45pm with the presentation starting at 6pm promptly. This is an event not to be missed, any surplus on this event will be donated to a charity nominated by the speaker.
Here is a brief biography of Allan’s amazing career to date.
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. Allan was credited with turning what was once described as a ‘basket case’ into a highly profitable, successful business and in November 1999 he sold Asda to American giant Wal-Mart for £6.7billion. Following the sale, Allan was appointed the President and CEO of Wal-Mart Europe.
In November 2000 he left Asda Wal-Mart and developed a new work ethic – ‘Going Plural’ – as he took on non-executive director and non-executive chairman positions in a number of companies including Lastminute.com, Scottish Power, Dyson Ltd, Cannons Group Ltd, Bhs Ltd, BSkyB Group plc, Selfridges & Co, PACE plc and the shoe retailer Office.
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 was Deputy Chairman at George Weston Ltd (Holding company of Loblaw) from 2000. In February 2011, Allan announced that he was stepping aside as President and Deputy Chairman of Loblaw.
In August 2010, Allan was appointed Chairman of the Danish jewellery company Pandora and took over as Chief Executive in July 2013. Allan stepped down as Chief Executive in February 2015 and from the Board in March 2018.
In February 2015 Allan took on the role as the first independent non-executive Chairman of the Co-operative Group, Allan’s appointment marks a key point in the turnaround strategy of the group.
As well as his position at the Co-operative Group Allan is currently, Trustee at Canal and River Trust, Chairman at Entertainment One Ltd, global leaders in film, music and television, Chairman of Wagamama the Japanese Restaurant Chain and Chairman of Element Materials Technology.
Allan has also been the Chairman at Race for Opportunity and Business in the community, as well as Business Ambassador for HRH the Prince of Wales as he is passionate about people, diversity and the responsibility that businesses have within their wider environments.
He has an Honorary Degree from Cranfield University, an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Lancashire in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Business as well as attending the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard University.
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.