James Gerald Gulliver

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James Gerald Gulliver CVO (17 August 1930 – 12 September 1996) was the founder of Argyll Foods, one of the United Kingdom's largest retail businesses.

Career[edit]

Born in Campbeltown and educated at the University of Glasgow and Georgia Institute of Technology, James Gulliver served for three years in the Royal Navy before joining Urwick Orr & Partners, management consultants.[1] In 1965 he joined Fine Fare where he became Chairman within two years.[1]

In 1977, together with Alistair Grant, a marketing specialist and David Webster, a merchant banker, he founded James Gulliver Associates, which went on to become Argyll Foods acquiring numerous retail concerns including 130 Safeway outlets.[1]

In 1985 he tried unsuccessfully to acquire Distillers but lost the bidding to Guinness. He retired from the business in 1985.[1]

He was awarded the CVO for his services to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.[2] He was also a football enthusiast serving as Vice-President of Manchester United and Vice-Chairman of Heart of Midlothian.[2]

He died in Edinburgh in 1996.[2]

Family[edit]

He was married four times, lastly to Melanie, and had 5 children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e James Gulliver Chairman of Food Group dies at 66 New York Times, 17 September 1996
  2. ^ a b c RSE Fellowship