BrewDog names former Asda boss Allan Leighton as chairman after ‘culture of fear’
Craft beer giant Brewdog has appointed former Asda boss Allan Leighton as chairman in an effort to ignore past criticism of its work culture by employees ahead of a planned IPO.
Leighton, an out-of-town grandee who serves as president of the Co-Op and Pizza Express, will take up the position immediately.
His appointment follows a letter from former Brewdog employees in June accusing the company of creating a “culture of fear.” The allegations dent investor enthusiasm.
The appointment of former Asda boss Allan Leighton as chairman of BrewDog follows a letter from a former employee in June accusing the company of creating a ‘culture of fear’
However, the group hopes a series of apologies and reforms, as well as Leighton’s reputation, will help it maintain favor in the run-up to the IPO, which has been pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to his time at Asda, the Co-Op and Pizza Express, Leighton’s resume includes his position as chairman of Royal Mail and chief executive of jewelery group Pandora.
Leighton said Brewdog was “a good company that could become a great company,” and that it just had “growing pains.”
The 68-year-old will take over from Blythe Jack, a director of private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners, who bought a stake four years ago.