Luxury department store retailer, Selfridges, has announced the departure of its managing director, Simon Forster, after just over a year in the role. Forster joined the company in 2012 and had previously served as the executive director of customer. The reasons for his departure have not been disclosed by Selfridges, other than mentioning that Forster left to “pursue other interests”. However, there have been reports of concerns about the direction and culture of the retailer under Forster’s leadership.

Anne Pitcher, who previously held the position of managing director, will take charge once again. She was recently promoted to a wider role managing the Selfridges Group, which includes high-end department stores in Ireland and Canada. Despite the change in leadership, Pitcher expressed confidence in the existing talent within the company and her belief in its continual growth and success.

Selfridges, owned by the Weston family since 2003, is known worldwide as one of the top department stores. In addition to its flagship store in London, it has branches in Birmingham and Manchester. The company also operates an online store that delivers globally. Over the years, Selfridges has set itself apart from other luxury retailers by moving further upmarket, providing customers with unique experiences, and showcasing quirky brands.

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