Brett Halliday named first North American Chief for Michael Hill


Brett Halliday, head of Michael Hill’s Canadian business, has been appointed president for all of the company’s North American operations. This move comes as part of CEO Phil Taylor’s plan to revamp U.S. production following disappointing sales.

U.S. operations have been added to Halliday’s current responsibilities as head of the company’s Canadian division, a position he has held since 2007. Halliday, who has been with Michael Hill for 23 years, replaces Darcy Harkins, retail general manager for the U.S., and Ray Riley, the country’s regional manager.

In a statement, Halliday noted that he hopes to “develop the skills of the [company’s] U.S. teams” so that they may achieve the “same level of success” as their Canadian counterparts.

“The Canadian segment continues to show strong growth as we gain traction in the larger provinces such as Ontario,” he said. “We are confident this trend will continue in coming years as we grow out the brand toward 100 stores.”

This news comes after CEO Mike Parsell stepped down after a 16-year stint and was replaced by interim chief Taylor last month.