Ex Asda boss Archie Norman to be M&S chairman

Marks & Spencer has appointed former Asda boss Archie Norman as its chairman, making it the retailer’s second high-profile appointment this week.

Following the announcement of acting chairman Robert Swannell‘s departure late last year, the retailer said Norman will succeed the role as of September 1.

Norman is attributed to turning around the fortunes of grocery giant Asda in the 1990s, but has held numerous high-profile positions, including senior positions at ITV, Hobbycraft, Australian conglomorate Wesfarmers and Australian retailers Target and Coles.

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“I am looking forward to taking on the role of the chairmanship of Marks & Spencer as the business under Steve Rowe’s leadership faces into the considerable challenges ahead in a rapidly changing retail landscape,” Norman said.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Halfords‘ chief executive Jill McDonald was set to  leave her role to join M&S as managing director of clothing, home and beaity.

This is the latest in a string of appointments aimed at turning around the retailer‘s struggling fashion arm.

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