Chief executive officer for Signet’s UK division, Rob Anderson, has announced plans to leave the company at the end of July.
When Anderson, who has been at the company for 13 years steps down, commercial director Sebastian Hobbs will take the reins and has been promoted to the new position of managing director for the UK, effective immediately. Hobbs will report to Signet chief executive officer Mike Barnes.
Barnes said: "I am pleased to announce the promotion of Seb to managing director of our UK division. Seb has made important contributions to our UK division and we believe his experience in UK retailing and strategy make him a perfect fit for this role. I also want to thank Rob Anderson for his 13 years of dedicated service to Signet’s UK division."
Hobbs joined Signet’s UK division as commercial director in March 2011. From November 2006 to March 2011, he was group commercial director of Blacks Leisure Group. Before that, Hobbs was trading controller for WH Smith, a retail consultant for KPMG, and held management positions at Mothercare and British Home Stores.
The Signet business includes H Samuel and Ernest Jones.