9:18am Saturday 26th January 2013
LEADING businessman Sir Stuart Rose will give a public lecture at the University of York, discussing the role of business in delivering the sustainability agenda.
A champion of green issues, the former Bootham School pupil and ex-chairman of Marks & Spencer plc is the newly appointed chairman of online grocer Ocado.
He will deliver the Cantor Business Lecture on Tuesday, at 6.45pm.
Sir Stuart, who was knighted in 2008 for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility, 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.
He returned to Marks & Spencer in 2004 as chief executive, becoming chairman in 2008 and after standing down in 2011, was appointed chairman of Blue Inc in June 2012.
He will join Ocado in March as non-executive director, and take up the chairmanship in May.
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 lecture.
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