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Selfridges managing director exits

Simon Forster, the managing director of Selfridges left the luxury business last week after just over one year at the helm.

He has decided to leave his role as managing director to pursue other interests, according to Selfridges. Forster’s predecessor, Anne Pitcher, has been appointed interim managing director while a successor is sought. 

She will continue role of managing the overall Selfridges Group – which includes Brown Thomas in Ireland and Holt Renfrew in Canada.

Forster took on the role of managing director of the department store in February 2019, following Pitcher’s promotion to managing director of the Selfridges Group as a whole.

The Telegraph reports that Forster left the business following concerns over Selfridges direction and culture.

I want to thank Simon for the significant contribution he has made to Selfridges over the years,” said Pitcher.

“Under his leadership, the business has continued to grow and thrive, and remains at the forefront of delivering exceptional luxury experiences to our customers, as well as digital transformation. Selfridges has a talented leadership team in place, and we continue to build that across the company.”

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  • The only surprise here is how long it took them to recognise Forster is an unpleasant bully..

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