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Sir Stuart Rose

Chairman

Sir Stuart Rose - Chairman

  • Committee membership: Chairman, Nomination & Governance Committee
  • Appointed in: May 2004
  • Age: 61

Stuart will step down as Executive Chairman on 31 July 2010 when he will become Chairman. He will leave the Company by March 2011. Stuart is Chairman of Business in the Community and a non-executive director of Land Securities plc. Stuart began his career in retail at Marks & Spencer in 1971 where he remained until 1989, before going on to become Chief Executive at a number of well known UK retailers, including Argos plc, Booker plc and Arcadia Group plc.

Sir David Michels

Deputy Chairman

Sir David Michels - Deputy Chairman
  • Committee membership: Independent, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination & Governance Committee, (Chairman)
  • Appointed in: March 2006
  • Age: 63

David is Deputy Chairman, Chairman of the Nomination & Governance Committee and Senior Independent Director. He is Chairman of Paramount Restaurants, Deputy Chairman of easyJet plc, a non-executive director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts and Jumeriah Group, Dubai. David was previously Senior Independent Director of The British Land Company plc, non-executive director of Arcadia Group and Chief Executive of Hilton Group plc.

Marc Bolland

Chief Executive

Marc Bolland - Chief Executive
  • Committee membership: Nomination & Governance Committee
  • Appointed in: May 2010
  • Age: 51

Marc joined Marks & Spencer from Morrison Supermarkets plc, where he had been Chief Executive since 2006. Prior to this, Marc worked for 20 years at Heineken NV in a variety of management and marketing roles. He went on to become an Executive Board member and Chief Operating Officer. He is a non-executive director of Manpower inc.

Ian Dyson

Group Finance and Operations Director

Ian Dyson - Group Finance and Operations Director
  • Appointed in: June 2005
  • Age: 47

Ian joined Marks & Spencer as Group Finance Director, becoming Group Finance and Operations Director in March 2008. Ian was appointed a non-executive director of Betfair Limited in February 2010. Previously, Ian wasFinance Director of The Rank Group plc and Group Financial Controller of Hilton Group plc. Ian was a non-executive director of Misys plc until September 2005.

We announced Ian’s resignation on 5 May 2010 and have commenced our search for a new finance director. Ian will step down from the Board on 14 July and will leave the Company on 31 August 2010.

Kate Bostock

Executive Director

Kate Bostock - Executive Director
  • Appointed in: March 2008
  • Age: 53

Kate joined Marks & Spencer in October 2004. Previously, Kate was Product Director for Childrenswear at Next from 1994, before joining Asda in 2001 as Product Director for the George Global Brand. She was responsible for the launch of the standalone George concept and the launch of the George brand globally.

John Dixon

Executive Director, Food

John Dixon - Executive Director, Food
  • Appointed in: September 2009
  • Age: 42

John joined Marks & Spencer over 20 years ago as a store management trainee. He has worked across the business in a variety of senior roles, from Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, to Director of Home and M&S Direct. John was Director of Food from July 2008 until his appointment to the Board.

Steven Sharp

Executive Director, Marketing

Steven Sharp - Executive Director, Marketing
  • Appointed in: November 2005
  • Age: 59

Steven joined Marks & Spencer in May 2004. He is a non-executive director of Adnams plc and an elected member of the Tate Members’Council. Steven was previously Marketing Director at Asda, the Burton Group, Booker plc and Arcadia Group plc.

Jeremy Darroch

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy Darroch - Non-Executive Director
  • Committee membership: Independent, Nomination & Governance Committee, Audit Committee (Chairman)
  • Appointed in: February 2006
  • Age: 47

Jeremy is Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is Chief Executive of British Sky Broadcasting Plc, having been the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Jeremy was previously Group Finance Director and Retail Finance Director at Dixons Group plc.

Martha Lane Fox

Non-Executive Director

Martha Lane Fox - Non-Executive Director
  • Committee membership: Independent, Nomination & Governance Committee, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee
  • Appointed in: June 2007
  • Age: 37

Martha is the UK’s Digital Champion and a non-executive director of Channel 4 Television. She is founder and Chairman of Lucky Voice, and of her own grant giving foundation, Antigone. Martha was a co-founder of lastminute.com.

Steven Holliday

Non-Executive Director

Steven Holliday - Non-Executive Director
  • Committee membership: Independent, Nomination & Governance Committee, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee (Chairman)
  • Appointed in: July 2004
  • Age: 53

Steve is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He is Group CEO of National Grid plc, having been responsible for the UK Electricity and Gas businesses. Previously he was on the Board of British Borneo Oil and Gas and held senior positions with the Exxon Group. He has also developed business opportunities in countries such as China, Australia, West Africa and Brazil.

Louise Patten

Non-Executive Director

Louise Patten - Non-Executive Director
  • Committee membership: Independent, Nomination & Governance Committee, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee
  • Appointed in: February 2006
  • Age: 56

Louise is a senior adviser to Bain & Co and a non-executive director of Bradford & Bingley. She was formerly Chairman of Brixton plc, and a non-executive director of Hilton Group plc, GUS plc, Somerfield plc and Harveys Furnishings plc.

Jan du Plessis

Non-Executive Director

Jan du Plessis - Non-Executive Director
  • Committee membership: Independent, Nomination & Governance Committee, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee
  • Appointed in: November 2008
  • Age: 56

Jan is Chairman of Rio Tinto plc. He was Chairman of British American Tobacco plc until October 2009 and a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group plc until April 2009. He was also Chairman of RHM plc from 2005 to 2007. Jan was previously Group Finance Director of Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group until 2004.

Amanda Mellor

Group Secretary and Head of Governance

Amanda Mellor - Group Secretary and Head of Governance
  • Appointed in: July 2009
  • Age: 46

Amanda joined Marks & Spencer in 2004 as Head of Investor Relations. Her previous roles include Director of Corporate Relations at Arcadia Group plc, and over 10 years working in investment banking.

  • Sir Stuart Rose - Chairman

    Sir Stuart Rose Chairman

  • Sir David Michels - Deputy Chairman

    Sir David Michels Deputy Chairman

  • Marc Bolland - Chief Executive

    Marc Bolland Chief Executive

  • Ian Dyson - Group Finance and Operations Director

    Ian Dyson Group Finance and Operations Director

  • Kate Bostock - Executive Director

    Kate Bostock Executive Director, General Merchandise

  • John Dixon - Executive Director, Food

    John Dixon Executive Director, Food

  • Steven Sharp - Executive Director, Marketing

    Steven Sharp Executive Director, Marketing

  • Jeremy Darroch - Non-Executive Director

    Jeremy Darroch Non-Executive Director

  • Martha Lane Fox - Non-Executive Director

    Martha Lane Fox Non-Executive Director

  • Steven Holliday - Non-Executive Director

    Steven Holliday Non-Executive Director

  • Louise Patten - Non-Executive Director

    Louise Patten Non-Executive Director

  • Jan du Plessis - Non-Executive Director

    Jan du Plessis Non-Executive Director

  • Amanda Mellor - Group Secretary and Head of Governance

    Amanda Mellor Group Secretary and Head of Governance