Show Comments ▼ Thorntons unveils new boss Wednesday 3 November 2010 9:30 pm KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Share CHOCOLATE retailer Thorntons has appointed Caffé Nero managing director Jonathan Hart as its new chief executive.Hart will take up his post on 4 January and will be charged with restoring momentum to the confectioner’s high street operations, which have suffered from falling sales in recent months.During five years with Caffé Nero, he doubled the coffee chain’s high street presence to more than 400 stores. Hart spent more than a decade with Dixons Group and also worked as an executive at Woolworths.“Jonathan brings a wealth of relevant experience to Thorntons from the retail and consumer goods sectors,” said Thorntons chairman John von Spreckelsen.“He has an impressive track record in successfully running a number of multi-channel businesses, including concessions, and a proven track record in the development of retail format strategies, new product development and launches.”Caffé Nero saw revenue of £153.6m for the year to the end of May under Hart.Meanwhile, Thorntons had issued a profits warning in April and announced that chief executive Mike Davies would be stepping down. The Derby-based company has been forced to shed staff after a series of poor results.Finance chief Mark Robson had been running the Thorntons business. He will revert to his old job once Hart arrives in January. Thorntons today has a £180m turnover of nearly 400 shops and cafes and around 200 franchises.It is the UK’S largest independent chocolate and confectionery firm after Kraft took over Cadbury.JONATHAN HARTINCOMING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THORNTONSJONATHAN Hart previously worked at Caffe Nero as managing director, where he was part of the small team which completed the management buyout of the chain in early 2007. Prior to his appointment at Caffe Nero, Hart held a number of substantial retail jobs including at Dixons, Woolworths and Tesco as well as being managing director at Abbey National and chief executive of ITM Communications. At Dixons he introduced satellite TV and consumer PCs, developed the Dixons Tax-Free format, created The Link, lead a green-field e-commerce start-up in Paris and latterly as group managing director managed all of the group’s high street businesses. At Woolworths he developed the group’s out-of-town business and at Abbey ran the banking retail network.“Jonathan has an impressive track record in successfully running a number of multi channel businesses,” says Georgina Hall, a spokeswoman for Thorntons.“He has experience in managing and driving improvements and there are a number of significant direct comparisons between the challenges of operating the small retail unit sizes at Caffè Nero and in Thorntons, as well as a comparable retail brand proposition of mass premium.” Tags: NULL
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1 Manuel Pellegrini with the Premier League trophy Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists the club’s stated target of winning five trophies in five years is “not important” to him.City chief executive Ferran Soriano underlined the ambition from the hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium in May 2013 when he said about the next five seasons: “On average, I want one trophy or title a year.“That is the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup.”Pellegrini was announced as successor to the sacked Roberto Mancini shortly after and in the campaign that followed, City won the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup.That looks like a decent start in terms of working towards Soriano’s goal, but when asked ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal about the chief executive’s comments, Pellegrini said: “I don’t have a target to win five titles.“Every time I play a competition, I want to win it.“But that thing that we have to win five titles in five years – for me it is not important.”However, Pellegrini was keen to emphasise the point that his side will be doing their utmost to claim silverware at every opportunity.“For this year, our target is exactly the same as last year.“We will play in the four competitions we must play in and we will try to continue in all competitions as far as we can. Exactly the same as last year.“We continue trying to win the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and the Champions League, and we will see during the season what we can do.”Asked if the players he has are capable of winning the Champions League in 2014/15, he said: “I don’t know. It is impossible for me to know the future.“The only target of our squad is the same as last year – to try to win the four competitions that we are going to play.”
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