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Paddy Power bets on Steve Rowe for top job at M&S

Bookmaker Paddy Power is taking bets on who will replace Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland when he eventually leaves the business, with new general merchandise boss Steve Rowe favourite to win.

Rowe, who was appointed to head up the clothing division last week after John Dixon’s surprise departure, was given odds of 5/1. Second favourite is M&S online and retail chief Laura Wade-Gery at 6/1.

The list also contained several former M&S directors, including Kate Bostock, who left in October 2012 and is now chief executive of Coast, at 8/1. Formerfinance boss Alan Stewart was ranked at 16/1.

Dixon was given 10/1.

Paddy Power odds for next M&S chief executive

Steve Rowe, M&S general merchandise boss, 5/1

Laura Wade-Gery, M&S online and retail boss, 6/1

Justin King, former Sainsbury’s chief executive, 7/1

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, director of marketing and international at M&S, 8/1

Kate Bostock, Coast chief executive, 8/1

Helen Weir, M&S chief financial officer, 8/1

John Dixon, former head of general merchandise at M&S, 10/1

Paul Marchant, chief executive of Primark, 10/1

Kate Swann, former chief executive of WH Smith, 10/1


Dido Harding, chief executive of TalkTalk Group, 10/1

Seb James, chief executive of Dixons Retail, 10/1

Ian Dyson, former finance director of M&S, 12/1

Simon Wolfson, Next chief executive, 12/1

Alan Stewart, former M&S finance chief, 16/1


Simon Fox, chief executive of Trinity Mirror, 25/1

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