Simon Richards

President & Chief Executive Officer

Thorntons LLC

Richards was recently appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thorntons LLC.  In this role, Richards is responsible for leading one of Kentucky’s largest privately-held corporations.  Under his leadership, the business operates 191 Thorntons-branded stores in six states providing fresh foods, high quality beverages and fuel to nearly 2,000 guests per store daily. The company also operates a commissary, fuel terminal and transportation group to support its retail business. 

Prior to taking over leadership at Thorntons, Richards served as aCorporate Development executive with 24 years of international business experience across five continents. He led various mergers and acquisitions and strategy development and execution with more than $12bn of transactions delivered.  Most recently he was Head of Regional Development for BP Products North America Inc.

Throughout his career, Richards worked across all of BP’s global Downstream business segments—Refining, Lubricants, Chemicals, Fuels Marketing, Midstream as well as corporate functions including mergers and acquisitions. 

Richards is a Chartered Chemical & Process Safety Engineer by trade.  He is married to Lucy and is the proud father of two grade school-aged boys. He enjoys golf, snow skiing and many sports including coaching youth Rugby.