Talking shop - Chief Executive of M & S gives lecture at Bristol University
Press release issued: 27 February 2003
High street retailing will come under the spotlight in a free lecture entitled The Fall and Rise of Marks and Spencer in the university's Wills Memorial Building this evening [February 27] at 5.15pm.
Roger Holmes, Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer, will talk about the recent turbulent history of the high street chain and how it achieved one of the most remarkable recoveries in retail after sales slumped in the late 1990s.
Mr Holmes joined M & S in January 2001 as Managing Director UK Retail Division with responsibility for the company's UK stores, direct and e-commerce businesses.
He joined M & S from Kingfisher where he was Chief Executive of the Electrical Sector and a main Board Director. Previously he was Finance Director with B & Q in 1994 and, three years later, was transferred to Woolworths to become Managing Director.
Prior to Kingfisher, he spent seven years as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Co, latterly as Principal, specialising in retail and consumer goods. He was appointed Chief Executive of M & S in September 2002.