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Sir Stuart Rose

Born in 1949 in Gosport and educated at a Quaker boarding school, Sir Stuart Rose started his working life as an administrator at the BBC…

Sir Stuart Rose first joined Marks & Spencer in 1972 as a management trainee but left in 1994 to join the Burton Group.

He rejoined M&S in 2004 to fend of a bid from Sir Philip Green and controversially became chairman and chief executive last year.

Sir Stuart Rose has won a number of prestigious awards for his business achievements, including the 2006 Business Leader of the Year from the World Leadership Forum. In 2008 he was knighted.

Sir Stuart Rose is known for glamorising the Marks & Spencer brand most notably evident in the advertising campaigns of recent years which starred well known personalities such as Twiggy and Mylene Klass.

Sir Stuart Rose’s personal life is also pretty glamorous - he owns a four-seater Cessna plane. But rather more surprisingly is also the proud owner of a wormery.


1972 – Joins Marks & Spencer as management trainee
1994 – Moves to the Burton Group as chief executive
1997 – Becomes chief executive of Argos
2000 – Joins Arcadia Group as chief executive
2004 – Appointed chief executive of Marks & Spencer
2008 – Promoted to joint chairman & chief executive of Marks & Spencer

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