Sir Stuart Rose started his retail career in 1972 as a management trainee at Marks and Spencer. During the next 17 years he held a variety of roles eventually becoming Commercial Director heading up the European Division based in Paris.
In 1989 he was recruited by the Burton Group as a buying and Merchandising Director for Debenhams. Subsequently he became Managing Director of Evans and two years later took on a similar role at Dorothy Perkins. He then became Chief Executive of the Multiples Division between 1994 and 1997.
He left the Arcadia Group in 1997 and joined Argos plc as Chief Executive in order to defend the takeover bid from GUS. GUS succeeded in their bid and Stuart was then hired as Chief Executive of Booker plc.
During his two years with Booker, the group was re-focused, re-financed and eventually merged with Iceland plc in May 2000. Stuart re-joined Arcadia Group plc as Chief Executive in November 2000 and sold the business in 2002.
Stuart was named Chief Executive of Marks and Spencer plc on 31 May 2004 and became Chairman in 2008. He is Chairman of Business in the Community and a Non-Executive Director of Land Securities plc.
Stuart was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility.