Dubai: Robert Willett, CEO of Al Futtaim Group, has resigned from the company on Monday, Gulf News exclusively can reveal.
Willett, former Best Buy and Accenture executive, was appointed CEO in May 2010 after he worked as a non-executive board director for Al Futtaim for about a year.
According to sources, Willet left the company “for family reasons” and is said to be leaving for the UK. No successor has been named as of now.
Willet said in an interview with Gulf News last June that he was planning “to build a team to walk a united way forward” with the company and gave himself a period of six month for this.
It was one of the rare cases in the region that a Gulf family business had hired a non-family member to run its operations.
*this article was extracted from Gulf News, which by the way I have a hard time reading because of the many grammatical mistakes I find…AND they update their website really late, I mean come on, by lunch time it’s updated but who’s gona wait that long
*Note to Gulf News: spell-check is not always the answer…
*Note to self: Family reasons is always a great excuse for anything ;D