People in brief | MHRA, Holland & Barrett

People in brief | MHRA, Holland & Barrett
Ian Hudson has been chief executive officer of the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for just over five years

20 November 2018 - Deborah Wilkes

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Holland & Barrett International and Mundipharma have all recently announced people changes.

MHRA's chief executive stepping down

The UK's MHRA has announced that its chief executive officer Ian Hudson will leave the post in autumn 2019.

Hudson has been with the MHRA for almost two decades, including five years as chief executive officer.

The MHRA said recruitment for a successor would begin in early 2019.

Holland & Barrett names Walden as chairman

Holland & Barrett International has appointed John Walden – former managing director of Argos and chief executive officer of Home Retail Group – as chairman.

The health and wellness retailer said Walden would work closely with its management team on an "ambitious strategic plan to build digital retail leadership and a global platform for delivering the most ethical health and wellness products and services".

Holland & Barrett International pointed out that Walden had worked in consumer-driven retailing for more than 20 years, leading transformational and digital change for retailers in the US and the UK. It added that he had transformed Argos into one of the UK's leading digital retailers.

Walden has been a non-executive director of Holland & Barrett International since it was acquired by L1 Retail in August 2017.

Reporting its financial results for the 12 months ended 30 September 2018, Holland and Barrett International said revenues had reached GBP703 million (USD899 million), representing a rise of 7.1% compared to the same period a year earlier. Around 80% of this figure was generated in the UK and Ireland.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) were up by 1.3% to GBP152 million.

Mundipharma recruits from GlaxoSmithKline

Mundipharma has recruited Arnaud Breabout – GlaxoSmithKline's chief financial officer global functions and investments – as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Before joining GlaxoSmithKline in 2002, Breabout worked for Procter & Gamble, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Price Waterhouse in the UK and France.

Breabout will report to Alberto Martinez, Mundipharma's president and chief executive officer in Europe.

Mundipharma is a global network of independent associated companies that are privately owned.

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