Waterford Wedgwood recently announced that Chris McGillivary, chief executive and president of Waterford Wedgwood USA and a director of the Group, has decided to retire early. John Foley, chief executive, Waterford Crystal, will add responsibility for Waterford Wedgwood USA to his current role. McGillivary was CEO of Waterford Wedgwood USA for 14 years. During that time, sales grew by 125%, Waterford Crystal's market share in America doubled and profitability was greatly enhanced. "Chris McGillivary played an important role in the dramatic growth of the company during his tenure and greatly strengthened, extended and confirmed the status of our brands in America," said Redmond O'Donoghue, Group chief executive.