Marc Bolland

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Marc Bolland
Born 28 March 1959 (1959-03-28) (age 56)
Apeldoorn, Amsterdam
Residence London, England
Nationality Dutch
Education University of Groningen
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1987–present
Salary Increase £975,000[1]
Title CEO of Morrisons (2006–09)
CEO of M&S (2010–present)
Official site of M&S

Marc Bolland (born 28 March 1959) is a Dutch businessman, who is the current CEO of Marks and Spencer Group plc. and has been noted to be one of the most influential people [2] in business for 2010


Early life[edit]

He received a bachelors degree from the Hotelschool The Hague, and then obtained an honours degree and an MBA at the University of Groningen.[3]


He began as a graduate at Amsterdam-based Heineken International NV, the third largest brewer in the world, in 1987. Bolland worked in numerous international management positions across Africa and Central Europe before joining the Heineken board in 2001. He became chief operating officer in 2005. Bolland has been credited with both building and rolling out the Heineken brand internationally.


In September 2006, he was appointed CEO of Morrisons. Morrisons had acquired Safeway in 2004 creating a 130,000 people strong retail conglomerate in the UK. The merger initially proved unsuccessful. Bolland joined after five profit warnings with a brief to turn around the company.

By 2008 Morrisons had achieved strong growth in both market share and profits, and in 2008, Bolland was announced as The Times "Businessman of the year". Under his guidance, Morrisons's market capitalization grew by more than 25%.

Marks & Spencer Group PLC[edit]

In November 2009, it was announced that Bolland would become CEO of Marks & Spencer Group PLC. He took up this role in May 2010, when he took over from the then Chairman & CEO Sir Stuart Rose.

Bolland launched a plan to grow M&S into an international multi-channel retailer. During September 2011, he announced a new look store environment for M&S's UK stores, with a plan to complete the roll out to the entire UK estate by mid-2013. In November 2011, M&S returned to France after a 10-year absence opening an iconic flagship store on the Champs Elysees as well as launching a new French language website serving the whole of France.

In 2011, Bolland received an honorary doctorate from York St John University for his contribution to UK business[4] and was also named as "most admired business leader" in the UK at the 2011 Management Today magazine awards having been nominated by his peers in the FTSE 100.[citation needed]


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