Halfords (LSE: HFD) confirmed Mr Wild had agreed to leave the board immediately and that a search for his successor was underway. Mr Wild said: "Now that we have developed the overall strategy that will guide the future of the business over the coming years, I feel it is the appropriate time to step down and seek fresh challenges elsewhere."
Mr Wild's service agreement includes a twelve-month notice period that will see him collect £645,399 in pay and benefits before July next year.
Mr Wild was appointed chief executive on 4 August 2008, when the Halfords share price was 282p and the company's annual pre-tax profits topped £90 million. According to Bloomberg, Halfords shares have since provided a -11% total return while the FTSE All-Share index has delivered +27%.
Due to an "uncertain trading environment", Halfords said today that current-year profits would come in between £62 million and £70 million -- 25% down on 2012.
However, a retailer with sliding profits and a vacuum in the boardroom might not be the most dependable dividend investment within this choppy market right now.