Allan Leighton has built a reputation as a successful entrepreneurial businessman, one of the UK’s top business leaders & motivational speakers. Allan has recently been appointed as Chairman of The Co-operative Group, moving from his previous role as CEO of the high street jeweller, Pandora.
Before arriving at his current portfolio of directorships, Allan progressed from Mars salesman to Asda Chief Executive before taking on the role of President and CEO of Wal-Mart Europe.
Allan joined the Royal Mail as company Chairman in 2002 and went on to become the company’s longest serving Chairman. Whilst in post, Allan drove a period of modernisation that returned the postal service to profitability and averted national strikes. As well as the Royal Mail Group, Allan was Deputy Chairman of Selfridges and a Non-Executive Director of BSkyB.
He advises Loblaw, Canada’s largest food retailer, has served on the board of Dyson, Scottish Power and Lastminute.com, and chaired Race for Opportunity. Allan became the Co-operative Group’s first independent non-executive chair under its new management structure in 2015.
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 £1 million for this fantastic cause.
Providing a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a business leader in today’s tough economic climate, Allan’s expertise and experiences allow him to share anecdotes, insight and first-hand knowledge.