John Barton (businessman)

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John Barton
Robert John Orr Barton

(1944-08-23) 23 August 1944 (age 74)
EducationGordonstoun School
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
OccupationChairman, Next plc
Chairman, EasyJet
Board member ofNext plc
SSP Group

Robert John Orr Barton (born 23 August 1944) is a British businessman, who is the chairman of Next plc and EasyJet.

Early life[edit]

Robert John Orr Barton was born in August 1944,[1] in Lahore during the British Raj. He was educated at Gordonstoun School, completed an MBA at University of Strathclyde, and is a chartered accountant.[2][3]


Barton became a member of the board of Next in 2002, deputy chairman in 2004 and chairman in 2006. He is the chairman of easyJet and a non-executive director of SSP Group.[4][3][5][6]

Barton has been the chief executive of JIB Group and chairman of Cable and Wireless, Catlin Group, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Wellington Underwriting, and Brit plc, and a non-executive director of WH Smith plc and Hammerson.[4][3]

Personal life[edit]

Barton lives in the UK.[1]


  1. ^ a b "NEXT PLC - Officers (free information from Companies House)". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ ‘BARTON, (Robert) John (Orr)’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  3. ^ a b c "John Barton | Saïd Business School". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Our board – Next Plc". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ Martin Strydom (17 April 2013). "John Barton to be next easyJet chairman".
  6. ^ Jennifer Rankin. "EasyJet replaces Mike Rake with Next chairman John Barton". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2016.