Waterstones’ business development manager Neil Best is to leave the company after 25 years in bookselling.
He will leave the company to move to Eastbourne to spend more time with his young family.
Best began in bookselling in 1989 and worked in Waterstones in the UK and Europe, moving to head office in 2006.
Rik McShane, retailer director at Waterstones, said: “Neil’s drive and energy has ensured that we have all been kept on our toes and helped keep the business moving forward… A true connoisseur of literature, the first book Neil bought as a newly minted Waterstones employee was Don’t Point that Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli, so it seems fitting that he takes his –no doubt lengthy - swansong in the month where we are celebrating that louche, loud, vibrantly gregarious and clashingly dressed individual (Charlie Mortdecai that is, not Neil of course).”
McShane added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Neil over the years. He has been an unforgettable friend and colleague and all of you that have been on the receiving end of the powerful trident that is his charm, wit and temper will no doubt join me in wishing him the very best and will smile inwardly knowing that this is unlikely to be the last that we see of him.”