Debenhams chief executive Rob Templeman, one of retail’s most highly regarded bosses, is to become chairman of industry body the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Templeman, who already sits on the BRC board, will take up the role on October 1, a month after relinquishing leadership of the department store group, and succeeds Luke Mayhew, who has stepped down.
His experience across retail and extensive contacts in the sector and in government are expected to be invaluable as store groups battle some of the most depressed trading conditions in memory.
Templeman will work alongside BRC deputy chair, Tesco corporate and legal affairs director Lucy Neville-Rolfe, and director general Stephen Robertson.
Robertson said: “Rob is a heavyweight in the world of retail. His huge experience and formidable knowledge of the big issues that the sector faces make him an ideal chairman as we work to create a vibrant and sustainable retail industry for the future.”
Templeman said: “Retail is one of the UK’s largest employers and represents an important part of the country’s economy. The BRC has proven to be the authoritative voice for the industry. I think all of us in retail have a part to play in ensuring we make a strong industry and that we are represented. I have had 30 years of retailing and need to give something back.”
He was placed in the role by Sally Elliott of headhunter Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann.