James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington (born 8 May 1940) is a  British businessman.
The son of Daniel Blyth and Jane Power Carlton was educated in
Speir's school and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in history in 1963.
Blyth worked for
Mobil Oil from 1963 to 1969, for General Foods from 1969 to 1971 and for Mars Foods from 1971 to 1974. Between 1974 and 1977, he was general manager of Lucas Batteries and between 1977 and 1981 general manager of Lucas Aerospace. He was also director of the Imperial Group from 1984 to 1986, managing director of Plessey Electronic Systems in 1985 and 1986, and managing director of the Plessey Company in 1986 and 1987. Blyth was a director of Cadbury-Schweppes between 1986 and 1990, of British Aerospace between 1990 and 1994, and of NatWest between 1998 and 2000.
In 1981, Blyth became head of defence sales for the
Ministry of Defence, a post he held until 1985, when he was knighted. From 1987 to 1996, he was a chairman of the  London Business School (LBS), and to 1998 director and chief executive of The Boots Company. On 24 July 1995, he was created a life peer as Baron Blyth of Rowington, of . Rowington in the County of Warwickshire 
Blyth received an Honorary
Doctor of Law from the Nottingham University in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, appointed in 1994, and a Fellow of the London Business School, appointed in 1998.
Lord Blyth of Rowington has been married to Pamela Anne Campbell-Dixon since 1967; they have one daughter and one deceased son.
He was chairman of
Diageo, parent company of the Popov and Smirnoff brands of vodka, as well as Guinness malt beverages, until June 2008. He was succeeded by Franz Humer.
Arms of James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington
Coronet of a Baron Crest
[Upon a Helm with a Wreath Argent and Gules] out of an Eastern Crown Gules a Dexter Arm embowed in Armour the Hand gauntleted proper grasping by its blade a Sword pointing downwards all Argent and holding to the blade by its stalk leaved Vert a Double Rose Argent upon Gules barbed and seeded proper
Gyronny of twelve Gules and Argent a Horse rampant Sable langued Gules
On either side an Unicorn reguardant Argent armed and unguled Or in the mouth a Double Rose Argent upon Gules barbed seeded and leaved proper
Quod Verum Tutum (What is safe is true)
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