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M&S appoints new chairman

Marks & Spencer has appointed former Asda boss Archie Norman as non-executive chairman.

Norman will join the business on 1 September, succeeding Robert Swannell who will retire from the board on that date after seven years.

As well as being chief executive and chairman of Asda, Norman also worked at Kingfisher and Energis and has served as chairman of ITV, Lazard London and Hobbycraft. In 2016 he was appointed by the department for business, energy and industrial strategy as its lead non-executive board member.

Vindi Banga, senior independent director at M&S, who led the selection process said: “Having conducted a very rigorous appointment process, it was clear to us that Archie was the best person to be chairman. Archie is one of the most respected business leaders in the UK with extensive experience as both CEO and chair, and a proven record in retail and other areas.”

Earlier this week M&S appointed Jill McDonald as the new managing director of clothing, home and beauty. 

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