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During his time, he sold off non-core businesses, and reduced the range of Wedgwood patterns from over 400 to around 240. From 1January 2001, the Deputy CEO was Tony O'Reilly, Junior, who was appointed CEO in November of the same year and resigned in September 2005.He was succeeded by the then president of Wedgwood USA, Moira Gavin up until the company went into administration in 2009.– were decorative designs that were highly influenced by the ancient cultures being studied and rediscovered at that time, especially as Great Britain was expanding its empire.
Josiah Wedgwood was also a patriarch of the Darwin–Wedgwood family.
In 2001 Wedgwood launched a collaboration with designer Jasper Conran which started with a white fine bone china collection then expanded to include seven patterns.
In March 2009, KPS Capital Partners acquired Waterford Wedgwood group assets.
Wedgwood has honoured American individuals and corporations as well, both historically and recently.
In 1774 he employed the then 19-year-old John Flaxman as an artist, who would work for the next 12 years mostly for Wedgwood.
The Wedgwood Prestige collection sold replicas of the original designs as well as modern neo-classical style jasperware.