Mark Price (businessman)

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Mark Price
Born 2 March 1961
Crewe, England
Residence Sturminster Newton
Education Lancaster University
Occupation Businessman
Spouse(s) Judith Bolt
Children 2 daughters

Mark Ian Price CVO (born 2 March 1961) is a British businessman and the Managing Director of Waitrose, and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.[1][2][2][3][4][5][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

He was born and grew up in Crewe, England.[1][5] His father was a corner shop owner, later a wholesaler, and an evangelical preacher.[1][5][6] He attended Crewe County Grammar School for Boys.

In 1982, he graduated from Lancaster University with a 2:1 BA degree in Archaeology.[1][5]


He started his career at the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee in 1982,[1][5][6][7] before progressing to become John Lewis store manager in High Wycombe and Cheadle.[2][5][7] In 2005, he joined the John Lewis Partnership Board taking on responsibility for strategy as Development Director. In April 2007, the then Managing Director Steven Esom left the Partnership and Price was appointed as his replacement.[1][2][4][5] At the time Waitrose had 183 stores, and within six years this number had increased to 300.

In 2013 it was announced that in addition to his position at Waitrose he would become Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, replacing David Barclay who had held the position since 2006.[8]

Other work[edit]

Price has served as Chairman of Business in the Community since 2011 and The Prince's Countryside Fund since 2010.[1][4][7] He sits on the Board of Directors of Channel 4 and the Consumer Goods Forum.[2][4] He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2014 New Year Honours for his work with Business in the Community and The Prince's Countryside Fund.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991 he married Judith Bolt in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. They live in Sturminster Newton with their two daughters (born 1995 and 2002).[2][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Elizabeth Rigby, 'Lunch with the FT: Mark Price', in The Financial Times, June 19, 2010 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Chris Blackhurst, 'The jolly grocer who’s made Waitrose the chain to watch', in Evening Standard, December 15, 2010 [2]
  3. ^ John Lewis Partnership biography
  4. ^ a b c d Channel 4 Board
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i David Teather, 'To be honest, I'm all about a love of food. The fact is I am chubby', in The Guardian, 5 October 2007 [3]
  6. ^ a b c Rupert Uloth, 'Interview: Waitrose MD Mark Price', in Country Life, 24 January 2008 [4]
  7. ^ a b c d The Prince's Countryside Fund trustees
  8. ^ "Waitrose chief Mark Price named deputy chairman of John Lewis". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60728. p. 4. 31 December 2013.
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Business positions
Preceded by
Steven Esom
Managing Director of Waitrose
2007 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
David Barclay
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership
2013 –
Succeeded by