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Stuart joined M&S on April 30th 2018 as Managing Director of Food  , with nearly 30 years in the food, fashion and home retail sector. Stuart has held senior operational and commercial roles in UK retailers Sainsbury’s, Tesco and ASDA and more recently spent 10 years in Australia working in Wesfarmers as COO and CEO of Coles and Target respectively. Stuart returned to the UK in 2017 and most recently held the position of CEO at Steinhoff UK for eight months, before leaving to join M&S. Alongside the CEO and CFO, Stuart is a director of Ocado Retail Limited. In May 2021, Stuart's remit expanded as he was appointed joint Chief Operating Officer. He will continue as Managing Director of Food, but also take oversight responsibility for Operations, Property, Store Development and IT. Stuart is also the Executive Lead for HR. 

Stuart attended the Harvard AMP program in 2013.