Burberry president and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey is set to leave the company after 17 years on 31 March 2018 to pursue other creative projects. Bailey will step down from the board but will provide support to CEO Marco Gobbetti during a transition period until 31 December 2018.
Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 as design director and became CEO and chief creative officer in May 2014. Under his leadership Burberry rose to become one of the most prominent, innovative and pioneering global luxury brands. He was succeeded by Gobbetti as CEO in July.
“It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years. Burberry encapsulates so much of what is great about Britain,” says Bailey. “As an organisation, it is creative, innovative and outward looking. It celebrates diversity and challenges received wisdoms. It is over 160 years old, but it has a young spirit. It is part of the establishment, but it is always changing, and always learning. It has been a truly inspiring place to work and the decision to leave was not an easy one.”
He adds: “I do truly believe, however, that Burberry’s best days are still ahead of her and that the company will go from strength to strength with the strategy we have developed and the exceptional talent we have in place led by Marco. I would like to thank all my colleagues as well as Sir John Peace and the Board for all their support and faith in me over the years. I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition.”