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08 July 2011

Marks and Spencer Group plc - Non-Executive Director Appointment

Marks and Spencer Group plc (Marks & Spencer) today announces the appointment of Manvinder (Vindi) Banga to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. He will take up his appointment on 1 September 2011.

Vindi is currently an operating partner at private equity investment firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLP. Prior to this, he spent 33 years at Unilever plc, where he was the former President of the Global Foods, Home and Personal Care businesses and member of the Unilever Executive Board. Previously Vindi was President, Home and Personal, Asia and Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Unilever's operating company in India.

Vindi is a non-executive director of Thomson Reuters and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. He has sat on the Prime Minister of India's Council of Trade & Industry since 2004 and sits on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, and the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

Commenting on the appointment, Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer said: “I am delighted to welcome Vindi to the Board. He brings a wealth of experience of global business and extensive consumer and brand knowledge. His insights will further support the Board discussion on our strategy, set out by Marc Bolland in November 2010, to become an international multi-channel retailer.”

Vindi Banga said: “I am looking forward to joining the Board of Marks & Spencer and participating in the continued development of this iconic retailer.”

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Note to Editors:

  • Vindi Banga is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, where he completed his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and the IIM Ahmedabad where he obtained a post-graduate degree in Management.

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Clare Wilkes: 020 8718 8642 / 07861 829 891

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