Tom Athron stands in front of a group of students with their hands up

Fortnum's comes to Regent's

Tom Athron, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, becomes latest Visiting Professor at Regent's

Yesterday Regent’s welcomed Tom Athron, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, as part of our Visiting Professorships events series.

Tom Athron is quietly leading the reinvention of Fortnum’s – a British retail institution and grocer to the Royal Family since 1707 – into a modern, relevant, forward-looking luxury brand centred on extraordinary food and drink.

At this packed event, students had the opportunity to ask questions and hear firsthand about what it takes to transform a heritage brand and put it squarely at the heart of London’s thriving food scene.

About Visiting Professorships

Every year Regent's invites senior leaders from global brands to speak to students, as part of our collaboration that delivers a connected, industry-led education. These events are exclusively for Regent's students, staff and alumni.

This event was part of our Visiting Professorships series in 2024 which also included talks from Kelly Kowal Chief Platform Officer at FARFETCH and Adam Guy, Managing Director at Laurent-Perrier UK. Later this spring we'll also host leaders from The Sunday Times and Harrods.