Brien Winther, the current UK managing director of Danish jewellery giant Pandora, is to leave the UK business and return to his native Australia.
According to sources, staff at Pandora were told of Winther’s impending departure on Monday afternoon (June 25). An official statement from Pandora said Winther has decided to retire and leave the jewellery brand. His last day in office will be Thursday, September 13.
Australian-born Winther joined Pandora UK as managing director a little over 18 months ago on January 1, 2017, taking over the helm from former president of Western Europe Peter Andersen.
Prior to joining the UK business Winther had been president of Pandora’s Australia and New Zealand operation.
Since his appointment, there has been a shift in the Pandora UK business, away from the previous franchise-led model, with many former franchise partners selling their stores back to Pandora and the Danish brand focusing more on its owned and operated store model.
An official statement from Brien Winther said: “I have decided to leave Pandora, retire and return to Australia, for family reasons. It has been an amazing seven years working for Pandora and I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of our success. I would particularly like to thank David Allen [president of Pandora EMEA] for his guidance and friendship over the journey. I wish every Pandora team member every success for the future.”
As a result of Winther’s departure, Kate Walsh, managing director of Northern Europe, has been appointed as the new managing director of the UK. Walsh worked in Pandora’s global office on a number of projects before she was appointed as vice president of sales in the UK. Walsh will take over the role from October 1.