Chief executive, Republic
There aren’t many men who could turn around a deal rumoured to be worth £300m in a downturn, but Tim Whitworth did just that. Young fashion chain Republic, which posted annual sales of more than £200m in the year to January 31, was sold on to private equity house TPG in June of this year and Whitworth remains a significant investor in the business.
Whitworth is clean-cut charm personified, and it is easy to see how his professional, low-profile demeanour could win over any boardroom. Yet there is substance behind that Saturday boy smile. Along with co-founder Carl Brewins, Whitworth has led Republic’s strategy to combine the best brands in the market with an outstanding own-label offer.