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Thorntons CEO Jonathan Hart steps down after four years

Thorntons boss is leaving the embattled chocolatier after four years in charge of the business.

A search for Hart’s successor has already begun and in the meantime chief operating officer Barry Bloomer will act as interim chief executive, reports Retail Week.

Thorntons chairman Paul Wilkinson said: “Over the past four years Jonathan has turned around our retail business, as well as creating and delivering the vision and strategy that will serve as the platform for the continued transformation of Thorntons into an international consumer goods business.”

Hart will resign his directorship from the end of the current financial year on 27 June. Retail Week understands that he does not have a new role lined up.

He is stepping down amid tough times for the chocolatier. It issued a profit warning in December after grocers cut orders and it experienced problems in its new warehouse.

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