Michael Hill founder retiring, daughter to take over

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Sir Michael Hill, founder and chairman of the eponymous jewellery chain, has announced his retirement. He will step down from his position on November 3rd of this year and will be succeeded by his daughter, Emma.

Emma Hill first started working on the company’s shop floor 30 years ago at the age of 13. She has served as deputy chair of Michael Hill International since 2011, and has previously held a variety of management positions within the company. Additionally, in 2002, she spearheaded the brand’s Canadian expansion.

“Emma has learned jewellery retailing from the ground up, has worked across the breadth of the business, and across our international marketplace,” says sir Michael Hill. “I’m thrilled that Emma has gained the full support of the Board for her appointment as Chair and am proud to have a daughter who is incredibly passionate about the family business and has the expertise to chair the company over the next period of growth and development.”

After his retirement, Sir Michael Hill will stay on the board as nonexecutive director. He remains the majority owner and plans to stay engaged in the business.

“Michael Hill International has a bright future,” says Emma. “The last 30 years have been a great journey of learning, perseverance and growth. Our rich heritage married with our high quality people positions us well to move forward and achieve our ambitions. I have always admired my father and what he has created and feel privileged to be succeeding him as Chair.” CJ

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