Sebastian Hobbs will be exiting the jewellery trade this summer following eight years climbing through the ranks at Signet.
Hobbs stepped down from his position as president and chief commercial officer of Signet Jewellers in April, with an exit date of June 30. It has now been confirmed that his next career move will not be within the jewellery industry as he will be taking the reins at one of the UK’s leading pharmacy firms.
Upon landing back in the UK after two years working for Signet in the States, Hobbs will join Well Pharmacy, formerly The Co-operative Pharmacy, as “designate chief executive” officer from July 22, working alongside the current boss before full taking over the reins as CEO on September 30.
During eight years at Signet Jewellers, Hobbs has enjoyed a sparkling career. He joined the jewellery giant’s UK division as commercial director in March 2011, and was later promoted to managing director for the UK in July 2013.
In 2017, Hobbs landed a global role within the company, being promoted to the newly created role of president and chief customer officer. In this role he had a global responsibility for leading all three of Signet’s critical, customer-facing functions: store operations, merchandising and marketing, including the continued development of a best-in-class omnichannel experience.
Prior to joining the jewellery trade, Hobbs held positions at WH Smith, KPMG, Mothercare and British Home Stores.
Commenting on his new appointment, Hobbs remarks: “I am thrilled to be joining the Bestway family. The opportunity to be part of the Well team at a time of transformation in pharmacy is exciting. I look forward to helping Well grow, especially in digital and through new ventures, as well as the core retail business and I’m eager to get started.”