Organization: Restaurant Group
Date of Birth: 21 January 1967
Age: 56 years old
Place of Birth: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Activity: Businessman, currently chief executive of the bookmakers Coral and chairman of the online pharmacy retailer Pharmacy2U.
Andy Hornby (born 21 January 1967) is an English businessman, currently chief executive of the bookmakers Coral and chairman of the online pharmacy retailer Pharmacy2U.
Hornby was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, but brought up in Bristol, where his father was headteacher of Clifton College Preparatory School.
Hornby is currently the chief executive of Coral and the Chairman of Pharmacy2U. Prior to joining Coral, he was Group chief executive of Alliance Boots and previously served as Group chief executive of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS). He has also held a range of roles at Asda, including Retail managing director and managing director of "George" clothing. He has a degree in English Literature from St Peter's College, Oxford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated top of his class of 800 students.
Hornby started his career with Boston Consulting Group where he focused on retail, consumer goods and financial sectors. After graduating from Harvard, he joined Blue Circle Industries where he carried out a range of general management roles. After leaving Blue Circle, he joined Asda under CEO Archie Norman, becoming Director of Corporate Development, Retail managing director, overseeing 36 stores and 14,000 employees; and then managing director of George whilst Allan Leighton was CEO. In 1999 he was promoted to the Asda Management Board at the age of 32.
In November 1999 Hornby joined Halifax as chief executive of Retail and became chief executive of HBOS Retail following the merger with Bank of Scotland in 2001. In 2005 he was appointed chief operating officer of HBOS and he became Group chief executive in 2006, a position which he held until the takeover by Lloyds TSB Group. For five years Hornby was a non-executive director of Home Retail Group (& previously GUS Plc) where, until standing down in July 2009, he was also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
On 1 July 2009, Hornby became Group chief executive of Alliance Boots, an international pharmacy-led health and beauty group with over 115,000 employees and a presence in over 20 countries worldwide.
On 25 March 2011, Hornby resigned as chief executive of Alliance Boots. On 18 July 2011, he commenced his role as chief executive of Coral, which consists of a Retail estate of 1,750 betting shops, as well as an interactive business offering betting via Internet, telephone and mobile.
In June 2012, Hornby was appointed chairman of Pharmacy2U, an internet and mail order pharmacy. Pharmacy2U said that Hornby would continue in his position at Coral alongside the Pharmacy2U role. The business added that he would work closely with the board and management team "to refine and develop the company’s strategy as it enters a period of ambitious growth".
On 5 April 2013, The Banking Standards Commission asked financial regulators to consider whether three former HBOS bankers, including Hornby, should be barred from future roles in the financial sector. It said former bosses Sir James Crosby and Andy Hornby were largely to blame for the collapse of HBOS, then the UK's fifth-biggest bank, in 2008; former chairman Lord Stevenson was also heavily criticised. The commission accused the trio of a "colossal failure" of management.
1988 - Boston Consulting Group, Consumer Goods Consultant
1993 - Blue Circle Industries, general manager
1996 - AsdaRoles held: Director Of Corporate Development, Retail managing director, managing director of "George"
1999 - Halifaxchief executive of Halifax Retail
2001 - HBOSRoles held: chief operating officer – 2005, Group chief executive – 2006
2004 - Home Retail Group (Formerly GUS plc)Roles held: non executive director, Chair of the remuneration committee
2009 - Alliance BootsRoles held: Group chief executive
2011 - CoralRoles held: chief executive
Andy Hornby joined Gala Coral Group on 18 July 2011 as chief executive of Coral.
Hornby joined Alliance Boots on 1 July 2009 as Group chief executive. He worked in a collegiate manner under Stefano Pessina’s leadership with the other members of the Executive Committee: Ornella Barra (chief executive, Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, Alliance Boots), Alex Gourlay (chief executive, Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots), George Fairweather (Group Finance Director, Alliance Boots) and Marco Pagni (Group Legal Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, Alliance Boots). On 25 March 2011, Alliance Boots announced that Andy Hornby was stepping down from his position. After leaving, the company paid him an additional £450,000 to prevent him from joining a competitor.
On 1 November 1999, he joined the Halifax as chief executive of Halifax Retail. In September 2001, the bank merged with the Bank of Scotland. He became chief executive of the Retail Division of HBOS plc. He became chief operating officer (COO) in July 2005, then CEO in July 2006, taking over from James Crosby. In September 2008 he was chief executive officer of HBOS when it was near to bankruptcy. The bank agreed to be taken over by rival Lloyds TSB. After the takeover, Lloyds Banking Group stated that HBOS had made a pre-tax loss of £10.8bn in 2008. Hornby was subsequently retained on a "consultancy" contract by Lloyds Banking Group On 10 February 2009, Hornby and former HBOS chairman, Lord Stevenson of Coddenham came before the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons.
Asda is a large British retail chain and a subsidiary of the American retail giant, Wal-Mart. Hornby worked for Asda from 1996–99. He joined Asda as the Director of Corporate Development and later became Retail managing director and subsequently managing director of George clothing. About his time at Asda, Hornby said he had a new job every 18 months, starting in investor relations, running the stores and being the managing director of George clothing.
Blue Circle Industries
Blue Circle Industries was founded in 1900 as Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Ltd. The company was located on the Thames estuary near London. In 2001 Blue Circle was acquired by Lafarge, which became the world's largest cement manufacturer.
Boston Consulting Group
Hornby began his career at Boston Consulting Group.
On 18 May 2010 Hornby delivered the British Retail Consortium 2010 Annual Retail Lecture entitled “Retailing…what’s changed with the credit crunch?” In June of the same year he gave a presentation on “Managing a business after the credit crunch” as part of the Manchester Business School's 2010 Vital Topics lecture series.