Allan Leighton – Leadership in difficult times

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Wednesday 30 May 2012

Allan joined Asda Stores ltd in 1992 as Group Marketing Director, becoming Chief Executive in September 1996 and President and CEO of Wal-Mart Europe in November 1999 when Wal-Mart bought Asda.

In November 2000 he left Asda and developed a new work ethic – ‘Going Plural’ – as he took on non-executive positions in a number of companies including lastminute.com, Dyson Ltd, Cannons Group Ltd, Bhs Ltd, BSkyB Group plc and Selfridges & Co.

Allan joined the Royal Mail as Chairman in 2002 and drove a period of modernisation that has transformed Royal Mail into a profitable business. Allan stepped down from his role in March 2009.

Allan was President of Loblaw Companies ltd from April 2008 until February 2011, and continues to act as an advisor to George Weston ltd.

Allan is currently Chairman of Pandora A/S, Chairman of Peacocks, Chairman of Pace and Chairman of MusicMagpie.co.uk and is also a patron of Breast Cancer Care.

Watch Allan’s interview with MBS

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