Ewan Venters

CEO, Fortnum and Mason

Guest Speaker

Biography

As CEO of Fortnum & Mason, Ewan has led the famous Piccadilly destination to a succession of major achievements during his 5 years in post. Under Ewan’s leadership, Fortnum’s has recorded record sales and profits, and have also expanded beyond their historic London home into new locations including prestigious stores in Dubai, Heathrow Airport and St Pancras Station. Ewan has been passionate about the creation of innovative products and takes pride in promoting the Fortnum and Mason brand worldwide.

Ewan has a strong background in retail, working with many major high street names since joining the industry. He is a charismatic and extremely well connected business leader who has strong communication skills and a proven track record for delivering commercial results through building strong teams.

An experienced, focused and highly motivated CEO with outstanding leadership and visionary skills. In the last 5 years responsible for doubling the turnover along with an increase of 24x PBT.

A recognised ability to develop world famous brands in terms of core proposition, product, communication and the customer experience. Ewan has a strong belief that organisations only perform to their full potential if aligned and motivated behind a customer driven strategy.

A change agent of the highest calibre with the ambition and drive to continuously develop the business through the people who work in it. A trusted, forward thinking creative decision maker with a high degree of integrity who brings enthusiasm to every project.

A passionate ‘foodie’ Ewan works tirelessly to promote locally produced and artisan foods through networking and social media channels.

Formerly a Director of Food at Selfridges and Head of selfridges.com, Ewan was part of the team which saw Selfridges & Co twice awarded the status of Best Department Store in the World by its peers in the Intercontinental Group of Department Stores. This was the first time the same company has been bestowed this award twice in succession.