David Potts (businessman)

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David Potts
David Tom Potts

(1957-03-18) 18 March 1957 (age 62)
EducationHartshead County Secondary School
Tameside College
Alma materHollings College (now Manchester Metropolitan University)
OccupationCEO of Morrisons
Children2 sons

David Tom Potts, CBE (born 18 March 1957) is a British corporate executive. Since March 2015, he has been the CEO of the British supermarket chain Morrisons, having succeeded Dalton Philips.

Early life[edit]

David Tom Potts was born on 18 March 1957 in Ashton-under-Lyne, and educated there at Hartshead County Secondary School.[1][2]

Potts got a summer job at Tesco in Ashton-under-Lyne as a general assistant, while waiting for his O-level results, having already worked in a greengrocers.[2] He failed all five of his O-levels, and has stated, "My lack of success at school was probably to do with playing football all the time".[2]


Having failed his exams, Potts continued working full-time with Tesco. After work, he studied at Tameside College to obtain English and Maths O-levels. Then he studied on day release for a diploma in retailing at Hollings College (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University) in Manchester.[2]

Aged 24, he was posted to Ryde on the Isle of Wight, as Tesco's youngest-ever superstore manager.[2]

In February 2015, it was announced that Potts would succeed Dalton Philips as CEO of Morrisons, who would step down after five years in charge.[3]


In the 2013 New Year Honours, Potts was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "for services to Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships in the Retail Sector".[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has two sons, Dan and George.[2] and two grandchildren Esmé and Leo, the children of Dan and his wife Sarah. His partner is Jane Holt.[5]


  1. ^ "David Tom POTTS". Debretts. Retrieved 1 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Barry, Chris (13 August 2004). "Pure passion drives David". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Morrisons names David Potts as new chief executive". BBC. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. pp. 7–8.
  5. ^ https://www.morrisons-corporate.com/media-centre/corporate-news/david-potts-chief-executive-officer-updated-biography/
Business positions
Preceded by
Dalton Philips
Chief Executive Officer of Morrisons
2015 to present