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Appointed in May 2010. Marc began his career at Heineken NV in The Netherlands in 1987, occupying several Marketing and Sales management roles. In 1995 he was appointed Managing Director for Heineken in Slovakia, becoming Managing Director for Heineken Export Worldwide in 1999. Marc was then appointed to the Board of Heineken NV in 2001 with responsibility for Western Europe, US, Latin America, Northern Africa and Global Marketing. In 2005 he became Chief Operating Officer. He joined Morrisons in September 2006 as Chief Executive Officer. Marc is currently non-executive Director of Manpower Inc US, and has previously held non-executive Director roles at Hotel de I’Europe, The Netherlands (2003-2006), Quilmes, Argentina (2001-2003).
Appointed in October 2010. Alan has extensive experience of retail and other highly competitive industries, including travel and banking. Alan spent nine years working for HSBC Investment Bank before joining Thomas Cook in 1996, where he spent seven years, in roles including Chief Executive of Thomas Cook UK and Group Chief Financial Officer of Thomas Cook Holdings. Alan joined WH Smith plc in 2005 as Group Finance Director, where he played a key role in delivering the Group’s improved performance. In 2008 Alan joined AWAS, a leading aircraft leasing company, as Chief Financial Officer until October 2010. He was previously a non-executive director of Games Workshop Group plc.
Appointed in July 2013. Patrick has more than 25 years experience in the international branded consumer goods industry, in London, Paris and New York. He joined Estée Lauder in 1989 as Vice President and General Manager, Aramis International, before running Estée Lauder’s worldwide Travel Retailing business. Between 1998 and 2008 Patrick was a member of Estée Lauder’s Executive Committee, where he served as President of International, directing the expansion of all Estée Lauder company brands across 130 countries. Most recently Patrick was Group President of the Estée Lauder companies, where he oversaw some of the company’s largest brands. He stepped down from Estée Lauder in 2008 to pursue new opportunities in the new technologies field. Patrick sits on the Board of Brown-Forman Inc, a global spirits company and HSN Inc, an interactive multichannel retailer.
Appointed in September 2009, John began his M&S career in UK store management before moving to Paris for three years where he held a variety of commercial roles in European stores and the Paris Head Office. He joined the UK Head Office as a Food Buyer before progressing to Category Manager for Fresh Produce. In 2002, he was appointed to Executive, heading up the fresh food trading division. In 2004 John was appointed Executive Assistant to the CEO, Stuart Rose. In 2007, he became Director of M&S Direct. In 2008, John became Director for Home in addition to M&S Direct and was also appointed to the Executive Committee. John was appointed to Director of Food in July 2008, and Executive Director of General Merchandise on 1 October 2012.
Appointed in October 2012. Steve joined Marks & Spencer in 1989 where he progressed in a variety of roles within store management. He joined Head Office in 1992 as a Merchandiser for Menswear, working across all areas of the Group. In 1998 he became Category Manager in the Furniture Department, leading the team developing the Home Growth Strategy. Steve was appointed Head of Home categories in 2003 going on to become Director of Home in 2004. Between 2004 - 2008 Steve also assumed responsibility for Beauty and New Business Development. He was appointed Director of Retail and a member of the Executive Committee in March 2008 becoming Director of Retail and E-commerce in 2009, reverting to Director of Retail in 2011, before being appointed as Executive Director, Food in October 2012. Steve is Director on the Strategic Board of The New West End Company.
Laura joined the Board in July 2011. Laura was previously at Tesco plc where she held a variety of senior roles from 1997. Laura brings considerable retail and consumer experience, including significant e-commerce knowledge as Chief Executive Officer of Tesco.com and Tesco Direct. Prior to joining Tesco Laura held various roles at Gemini Consulting and Kleinwort Benson. She has been a non-executive director of Trinity Mirror since 2006.
Andy joined Marks & Spencer in 2009 as a Commercial Director in Food, more recently becoming Trading Director, Food. He was appointed to the Management Committee in 2012. Prior to M&S Andy held a number of senior positions within Trading, Marketing and Merchandising at Asda Walmart, where he went on to become Brand Director. Andy started his career at J Sainsbury’s where he worked in a number of buying departments. He has over 20 years' experience in the retail sector and has held a number of roles across all areas of Food, Beverage and Beauty.
Appointed as Director of Retail in November 2012. Sacha joined M&S in 1994 through the Graduate training programme. He undertook various Retail appointments across the country including General Manager of Marble Arch Store and Regional Manager for London. In 2007 Sacha joined the Property Group as Head of Property Planning & Store Development where he was responsible for both new space development and the store modernisation programme, before being appointed Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive in 2009. Following this Sacha joined the General Merchandise division as Director of Merchandising before taking up his current position.
Clem trained as a Chartered Accountant at Stoy Hayward, joining Debenhams in 1989, as a Financial Analyst. He was appointed to his first finance directorship in 1993, for the IS brand of the Burton Group plc, and moved through several other finance directorships with variable responsibilities including systems and retail until he was made Group Property and Retail Planning Director, for the Arcadia Group plc in February 1999. In this role he was able to apply his considerable financial and retail expertise to maximise profitability from the group's property portfolio while executing a focused acquisition plan. He remained in this role, with additional responsibility for Store Development until recently. He joined the M&S team in February 2006.
Appointed Director of Human Resources in March 2008. Tanith was formerly Group Human Resources Director at WH Smith since 2003, where she also held responsibility for Public Relations, Communications and Post Office Operations. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President Human Resources for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), at InterContinental Hotels Group. Tanith has also fulfilled two HR Director roles for divisions of Diageo Plc and before this was International Human Resources Manager for Prudential Corporation Plc. Tanith is a member of the Executive Committee at Marks & Spencer.
Appointed as Director of International Operations in January 2013. Steve has over 28 years' experience of working within the retail sector. Steve started his career at Marks & Spencer in 1990 managing International and Franchise operations before moving into the role of Head of Training and Development. He moved to Gap in 1999 where he was Vice President of HR Europe, before moving to Thomas Cook where he was Managing Director of Sales. He returned to M&S in 2006 as Director of Retail. Steve is also a Non-Executive Director for the Bedfordshire NHS Trust.
Dominic is Director of Communications and Investor Relations at Marks & Spencer. He joined in April 2009 from Tulchan Communications, a leading capital markets consultancy. Dominic started his career in 1982 working in PR consultancy for Traverse-Healy & Regester and then Charles Barker. In 1989 he became Communications Director for AT&T in the UK before moving from there to head up communications for the Channel Tunnel in the mid ‘90s. In 1996 he was appointed Communications Director of J Sainsbury plc and took the same role for ScottishPower plc from 2000-2005.
Appointed in May 2011, Jan is Director of International at Marks & Spencer. Jan has extensive international experience and began his career at Manpower in Spain in 1997. Between 2000-2002 he held a variety of senior management roles at fashion retailer Zara, real estate company Groupo Inmobiliario Lupaco and e-learning group Charanga. In 2002 Jan joined Inditex where he held a number of international roles. Most recently Jan was General Manager for Inditex Russia, where in the last five years he grew its presence from some 20 stores to more than 170 stores employing around 4,500 people. Jan is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Russian.
Appointed in January 2013. Dirk is Director of Supply Chain at Marks & Spencer. He brings a wealth of experience in managing complex global supply chains across a range of sectors. He was Head of Supply Chain for General Motors Europe, Chief Supply Chain Officer for the Philips Consumer Lifestyle Division and has been providing supply chain related consultancy services to a variety of businesses.
Darrell has been working in IT for 17 years starting his career at Marks & Spencer in 1990. In 1994 he joined Mars as a Project Manager, working on data warehousing and financial systems. Between 1996 and 2001 Darrell worked at Ernst & Young leading a number of major IT and Change Programmes in the financial services, retail and utility sectors. From 2001 to 2006 Darrell worked at Vodafone, becoming IT Director for Vodafone UK in January 2004. Prior to that he was Vodafone’s UK Network Director and Global IT Strategy and Architecture Director. Darrell rejoined Marks & Spencer in July 2006 as IT Director.
Appointed in July 2009. Amanda joined M&S in 2004 as Head of Investor Relations. She spent her early career in investment management at James Capel before becoming a Director within its Corporate Finance team. She then worked at Robert Fleming, Investment Banking prior to joining The Burton Group as Director of Corporate Relations and Investor Relations. She remained with Arcadia Group post the Burton Group demerger before joining US based Infonet Service Corporation. Prior to joining M&S she worked for corporate communications consultancy Holloway & Associates. She was accredited as a Legal Mediator in 2002.
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