Kahn comes from a family of retailers - his father owned a camping shop in west London and he once sold a parka to the Duchess of Kent. Kahn had ambitions to become a retailer himself before going into financial services and restructuring.
However, he couldn’t have foreseen being appointed administrator to one of the biggest UK retail collapses of recent times. Kahn had to make the difficult decision to end Woolworths’ retail life, resulting in 36,000 job losses - which he has said was the hardest moment of his career.
Although Kahn has been a little less busy in recent months, it is unlikely that the downturn has claimed its last victim, so there will be no real let-up for him just yet.