Founding director steps down from board after 35 years.
Peter Lunn has retired from his position as director of watch and jewellery buying group Houlden after 35 years.
Lunn was one of the founding members of Houlden Group along with existing chief executive Stuart Laing and Tony Rudell who passed away last month.
Laing celebrated the career of Lunn, who he called “a legend in his own lifetime” yesterday at the Houlden Group buyers’ meeting.
He added: “Peter has brought to me unique counsel, and honour and credibility to Houlden. I could not have grown this business without Peter. You will be sorely missed in the board room and I don’t know how I can ever thank you for what you’ve done.”
Laing then presented Lunn with a commemorative silver tray, which was met with a standing ovation from the crowd of Houlden members at the event.
Lunn then addressed the audience to speak of his gratitude. He said: “Well my friends, I am totally overwhelmed. I believe that Lunns has got more out of Houlden then I have ever put in. Houlden is very precious to me and I have some terrific memories.”
A new board of directors was appointed at the AGM which took place during the buyers’ meeting this week. The full list will be announced in due course and includes Christopher Carry of Jamieson & Carry jewellers in Aberdeen.
Houlden is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and marked the occasion last night with a party at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa. The party was attended by Houlden members, both retailers and suppliers.