January 19, 2017 8:04 am
Updated: January 19, 2017 8:27 am

Galen G. Weston takes over as CEO of George Weston Ltd.

Loblaw Companies Limited Executive Chairman Galen Weston Jr., right, poses with and his father Galen Weston Sr., at the company's annual general meeting in Toronto on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Galen G. Weston has been appointed CEO of George Weston Ltd., a role that his father held for decades before stepping aside several years ago as part of a staged succession plan at the company that controls the Loblaw grocery business.

The younger Weston has been chairman of George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) since last September, when his father W. Galen stepped aside at age 75.

The younger Weston will also remain chairman and CEO of the company’s largest subsidiary, Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), which bought the Shoppers Drug Mart chain several years ago.

Paviter S. Binning – who had replaced the older Weston as CEO of George Weston Ltd. several years ago – has been appointed a special advisor to the Weston family’s private Wittington Investments Ltd.

The Weston family is among the wealthiest in Canada, both because of their holdings in the publicly traded companies and because of extensive private holdings including the Holt Renfrew chain of upscale department stores.

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