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Exclusive: Why Tony Brewer left Headlam

HeadlamAR2015Interiors Monthly can exclusively reveal the reason why Tony Brewer, former Headlam group chief executive departed from the country’s largest flooring supplier.

Sources have told Interiors Monthly that the company’s non-executive directors were not satisfied with the information from Brewer on its future strategy and asked him to step down.
Since Brewer, who left the group on 14 September after 16 years as group chief executive and 25 years as an executive director, parted ways several rumours have been in circulation regarding the reason for Brewer’s departure.
‘There was a difference of opinion of the strategy going forward,’ said a source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
‘The non-executive directors – who are there to ask questions on strategy – were not satisfied with the information as to why things were being done,’ said another source.
‘There are no problems with Tony’s or the company’s health.’
Interiors Monthly understands that Steve Wilson, Headlam group finance director since 1991 who was promoted to chief executive officer in the light of Brewer’s departure, will focus on strategy, investor relations and acquisitions with Tony Judge, previously commercial director of the Coleshill and Tamworth businesses who has become chief operating officer, concentrating on the day to day running of the group’s operations and strategy.
Responsibilities for some of the group’s wholesale operations including Hadfields and Wilkies has also been transferred and there remains the possibility of further changes in responsibilities among members of senior management at the group.
Brewer is still held in high regard by his former colleagues and was thanked by Dick Peters, Headlam chairman ‘for his enormous contribution to the building of Headlam into Europe's leading floorcovering distributor.’