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Former M&S Boss in York for Lecture

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7:53am 29th January 2013

Leading businessman Sir Stuart Rose will present a public lecture at the University of York, discussing the role that business has to play in delivering the sustainability agenda.

University of York describe him as a champion of green issues, adding that the former Chairman of Marks & Spencer plc and newly appointed Chairman of online grocer Ocado will deliver the Cantor Business Lecture on Tuesday, 29 January.

The University say Sir Stuart has worked in retail for 40 years, starting at Marks & Spencer plc in 1972 and joining the Burton Group in 1989. Following the group’s demerger in 1997, he became Chief Executive of Argos plc, then Chief Executive of Booker plc and Arcadia Group plc.

They add that he returned to Marks & Spencer in 2004 as Chief Executive, becoming Chairman in 2008. After standing down in 2011, he was appointed Chairman of Blue Inc in June 2012, they say and add he will join Ocado in March as Non-Executive Director, and take up the chairmanship in May.

Sir Stuart was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility.

The 2013 Cantor Business Lecture is hosted by the York Management School.

Bob Doherty, Professor of Marketing at the York Management School, said: “Sir Stuart has had an enormously successful career with some of the most iconic retail brands in the UK.  Hearing how Sir Stuart has led major sustainability initiatives such as PLAN A, promises to be a chance to listen to a real pioneer in progressive management.”

University of York say that this is the second Cantor Business Lecture. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Caroline Thomson, BBC Chief Operating Officer, in 2011 to coincide with the opening of the Law and Management Building. The University says the building is one of four major academic buildings in the first phase of the University’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East, one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years.

The Cantor Book Prizes – presented to the most deserving first-year students in the York Management School and the York Law School - will be awarded alongside the 2013 Cantor Business Lecture, say the University.

The 2013 Cantor Business Lecture, ‘The sustainability challenge for big business’, will take place at the Ron Cooke Hub Auditorium on Tuesday, 29 January at 6.45pm. Admission to the event, which is open to all, is by free ticket only. Register at www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/public-lectures/tickets/ , email publiclectures@york.ac.uk or phone 01904 324778.

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