Brian James McBride is the chairman of ASOS.com, the online fashion retailer. He was appointed in October 2012. He is the former managing director of the Slough-based Amazon.co.uk in the UK. He stepped down from his role at Amazon in January 2011 to undergo treatment for prostate cancer and was replaced by Christopher North. He made a full recovery and now has a number of directorships and advisory roles. He was born in Glasgow in 1955 and was educated at Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School in Cardonald and at the University of Glasgow where he graduated Master of Arts in Economic History and Politics. During his time at university he was president of Glasgow University Union. He joined Xerox in 1977 and subsequently worked for IBM, Dell, and, from 2003 to 2005, T-Mobile where he was managing director. He was also a non-executive director of the Scottish football club, Celtic F.C. from 2006 to 2010.
He has held positions as a non-executive director to the Executive Board of the BBC, non-executive director of Computacenter PLC and AO.com PLC, senior adviser to Scottish Equity Partners, a member of the advisory board of Numis PLC and a member of the advisory board of Huawei UK. He is also a member of the UK Government’s Digital Advisory Board, established in April 2012 to help steer the digital delivery of government services to citizens in the UK and is a member of the Court of the University of Glasgow.
He is married with two children, lives in Camberley, Surrey, and plays tennis and golf in his spare time.