Kate Bostock, executive director for clothing at Marks & Spencer, has been honoured for her services to fashion retailing by Manchester Metropolitan University.
Bostock, received an honorary doctorate in business administration last night from Manchester Metropolitan University's Hollings facility, the largest provider of clothing design technology courses in the UK.
Bostock has been widely credited with leading the turnaround of M&S' womenswear offer. She joined M&S in 2004. Prior to that, Bostock held top level positions at George at Asda and Next.
Professor Richard Murray, Dean of Hollings faculty said: "Kate Bostock joined M&S at a time when its fashion and clothing ranges were in need of revitalisation. She has believed in her own ability and has succeeded in returning the company to its pre-eminent position in fashion retailing."
He added: "Kate Bostock is a leading fashion retail professional and an excellent role model for our graduates entering the world of business."