Peter Marks

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Peter Marks
Born Peter Vincent Marks
27 October 1949 (1949-10-27) (age 66)
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Residence Eldwick, West Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Education St. Bede's Grammar School
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1967–present
Title Former CEO of The Co-operative Group (2000–2013)
Spouse(s) Julia Law (m. 1971)
Children 2

Peter Vincent Marks CBE (born 27 October 1949) is an English businessman, and the former Chief Executive of the member-owned retailer The Co-operative Group.[1]

Early life[edit]

He went to St. Bede's Grammar School, then a state grammar school, in Heaton which he left at the age of 17 to work in a retail business.

Career[edit]

Marks became a management trainee in the food division of what became the Yorkshire Co-operatives. He was appointed Assistant Personnel Manager in 1974 and Personnel Manager in 1976.

In 1991 he was promoted to the position of Non-Food Trades Officer, responsible for the Department Stores, Funeral and Travel divisions In February 1996 the Food Division was added to his responsibilities. Later that year he was appointed Chief General Manager (Retail). Marks then oversaw its disastrous takeover of Somerfield which culminated in the eventual disposal of 60% of stores.[2]

Chief Executive[edit]

Appointed Deputy Chief Executive officer in 1999, Marks became Chief Executive in 2000. In September 2002 Yorkshire and United Norwest Co-operatives merged as United Co-operatives. In July 2007 United Co-operatives merged with the Co-operative Group and Marks became chief executive of the new merged organisation, replacing Martin Beaumont.

Until the merger, Marks was a director on the Co-operative Group board and is on the board of the Bradford Centre Regeneration Company. His basic salary in 2010 was £900,000, with a performance-related bonus of £449,000.[3] His total emoluments in 2010 were £2,118,000, an increase of over 35% from the 2009 figure of £1,565,000.[4]

He announced his retirement as chief executive of the Co-operative Group in August 2012, not long after negotiating the potential purchase of 632 branches ("Verde") from Lloyds Banking Group.[5] It was the failure of this purchase that made public the extent of the losses the Co-operative bank had inherited through its merger with the former Britannia building society. This led in 2013 to a requirement to re-capitalise the Co-operative bank, causing the Co-operative Group to lose overall of the bank by deducing their share to 20%.[6]

In December 2012 it was announced that Marks was to be appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to the retail trade.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Marks married Julia Law in Bradford in 1971. The couple have two daughters and live in Eldwick, West Yorkshire.

He is also a supporter of Bradford City Football Club.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Rowena (January 22, 2008). "Starting at the bottom gave Co-op chief a flying start". Yorkshire Post. 
  2. ^ "The Co-op to quit 60% of Somerfield stores as it bids to rebuild reputation". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  3. ^ The Co-operative Group, 'Building a Better Society: Annual Reports & Accounts 2010', p. 57
  4. ^ http://www.co-operative.coop/Corporate/PDFs/Annual_Report_2010.pdf
  5. ^ Rupert Neate (7 August 2012). "Co-op chief Peter Marks retires after securing Lloyds bank branches coup". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Bunyan, Nigel (2013-05-19). "New Co-operative Group head endures rocky start at annual general meeting". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 8. 29 December 2012.
  8. ^ Bawden, Tom (2011-02-18). "Co-op boss sets sights on retail's premier league". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-19.