James West, who has brilliantly steered stock photo agency Alamy over the last 18 years as CEO, is moving to a new role as Chair of the agency making way for newly appointed Chief Executive Officer – industry outsider – Andy Harding to lead Alamy and drive their next phase of expansion.
Harding is currently serving as interim Chief Customer Officer at Mothercare Plc, where he is responsible for the customer experience across both retail and e-commerce. Harding has previously held senior executive roles in multi-channel sales and e-commerce at House of Fraser, Ryman and Carphone Warehouse.
Alamy say: ‘Under Harding’s leadership, Alamy looks to build upon its recent success and grow the company into new territories and markets’.
James West says: “Alamy has been enjoying startup levels of growth these past couple of years, so after 18 years at the helm it felt like the right time to go shopping for a new CEO. We were looking for a high energy individual with solid general management experience and a deep understanding of the mechanics of e-commerce. Andy greatly impressed us with his past successes and enthusiasm for what Alamy is trying to achieve.”
Andy Harding commented: “I am very excited to be joining Alamy to lead the business into the next stage of its growth story. James and the team have built a fantastic company, creating the most diverse stock photography library in the world, and I am looking forward to the challenge of taking the business into new markets, developing innovative solutions as to how new customer demands will be met.”
• Andy will in place at Alamy effect from December 4th 2017
• Here’s our 2005 interview with James West …way back then!