Former Asda boss Archie Norman linked with top job at Marks & Spencer

The former ITV chairman Archie Norman has reportedly been approached to be the next boss of Marks & Spencer.

Former Asda boss Archie Norman outside the Killingbeck, Leeds, branch Photo: Steve Riding

M&S is understood to be aiming to replace retiring chairman Robert Swannell as early as the annual shareholder meeting in July, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday.

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Mr Norman was credited, alongside serial entrepreneur Allan Leighton, with turning around the fortunes of the Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda in the 1990s.

A spokesman for M&S told The Yorkshire Post: “We wouldn’t comment on rumour or speculation.

“As announced in December, our chairman intends to retire in 2017. The search for his successor is underway.”