MD, Marks and Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd
James is responsible for continuing to grow Marks & Spencer’s joint venture business in India with Reliance Retail. With 63 stores across 27 cities, India has the largest number of Marks & Spencer stores outside of the UK. The retailer is also growing its online reach across the country via leading fashion platforms Myntra, AJIO and most recently with Amazon. James commenced his new role in May.
James is a seasoned retail professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry, including six years working in India and the Czech region. James joined Marks & Spencer in the UK in 2006 as an experienced manager from BHS. He has held various leadership positions across the business including Store Manager at Camberley and Kingston, two of Marks & Spencer’s largest UK stores. In 2011, he was appointed as Marks & Spencer Reliance India’s Head of Retail including responsibilities for Supply Chain and Visual Merchandise. In 2014, James was appointed Managing Director of the Czech Group with responsibility for 48 stores in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, and Estonia.