Marks & Spencer

Marks and Spencer plc (also known as M&S; colloquially known as Marks and Sparks, Marks's or, simply, Marks) is a major British multinational retailer headquartered in the City of Westminster, London. It specialises in the selling of clothing, home products and luxury food products. M&S was founded in 1884 by Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer in Leeds.

In 1998, the company became the first British retailer to make a pre-tax profit of over £1 billion, although subsequently it went into a sudden slump, which took the company, its shareholders, who included hundreds of thousands of small investors, and nearly all retail analysts and business journalists, by surprise. In November 2009, it was announced that Marc Bolland, formerly of Morrisons,  would take over as chief executive from executive chairman Stuart Rose in early 2010; Rose remained in the role of non-executive chairman until he was replaced by Robert Swannell in January 2011. 

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

London, GB
83,069 (est)

Key People at Marks & Spencer

Robert  Swannell

Robert Swannell

Marc  Bolland

Marc Bolland

Chief Executive
Helen  Weir

Helen Weir

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne

Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne

Executive Director, Marketing & International
Steve  Rowe

Steve Rowe

Executive Director, General Merchandise
Laura  Wade-Gery

Laura Wade-Gery

Executive Director, Multi-channel
Vindi  Banga

Vindi Banga

Senior Independent Director
Alison  Brittain

Alison Brittain

Non-Executive Director
Miranda  Curtis

Miranda Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Andy  Halford

Andy Halford

Non-Executive Director
Martha  Fox

Martha Fox

Non-Executive Director
Richard  Solomons

Richard Solomons

Non-Executive Director

Marks & Spencer Locations

London, GB
Milton Keynes, GB
Rugby, GB
Horsham, GB
Reading, US
Lincoln, US
Bolton, GB
Newbury, GB
Auckland, NZ
Southend-on-Sea, GB
Brighton, GB
Guildford, GB
Crawley, GB
Winchester, GB
Welwyn Garden City, GB
Waterloo, CA
Edinburgh, GB
Plymouth, GB
Manchester, GB
Castle Donington, GB

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Market capitalization

£5.41 B

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