Beggars Group USA today announce the appointment of Matt Harmon to President, following the departure of former CEO of North America Lesley Bleakley. Bleakley’s decision to step down follows her intended one year sabbatical in Vietnam. She has now decided to stay in that country for family reasons.
Martin Mills, Chairman of Beggars Group, said “I am very happy indeed that Matt Harmon has agreed to take on the leadership of Beggars in the USA on a permanent basis, and am completely confident that the successes of his stewardship over the last year will grow and grow. Lesley has built our American business from next to nothing to an operation capable of having number one albums over a period of fifteen years with selfless devotion and commitment, and we owe her a huge debt which we shall never forget – but of course, whilst being very sad to see her leave her current role, we are entirely supportive of her personal decision that her family must at this point come first for her.”
Bleakley will continue to work for the company in a number of roles, initially remote working in Vietnam and then locally when she eventually returns.
Matt Harmon started with The Beggars Group in 1998 as Head of Sales. As the company has grown so has Matt’s role and since 2007 he has been the General Manager. This past year saw him taking a more prominent role during Bleakley’s sabbatical. Harmon states, “Lesley has been a mentor and major force in my years at Beggars. I’m thankful for this incredible opportunity and look forward to building on the successes of the two albums we’ve had chart in the top 3 already this year.”
The Beggars Group is also pleased to announce the promotion of Adam Farrell to VP of Marketing at The Beggars Group USA and Adam Carroll to VP of Finance for the Group.