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Top 100: 02. Paul Marchant

Chief executive, Primark

You’d have thought there wasn’t much further to climb for one of the industry’s finest, but Paul Marchant is up to number two on the back of another staggeringly good year for the value giant. Not content with being named Value Retailer of the Year at last year’s Drapers Fashion Awards, Marchant led the company to victory again this year, taking the Large Multiple Retailer of the Year title as well as looking on as its founder Arthur Ryan accepted the Lifetime Achievement accolade. Marchant can take much of the credit this year for Primark’s ambitious global expansion programme, and that it remains the best at what it does.

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