– UK, London – Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) today announces the appointment of Alison Brittain to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. She will take up her appointment on 1 January 2014.

Alison is currently Group Director for the Retail Division of Lloyds Banking Group plc. She brings significant financial and commercial experience combined with considerable knowledge of running customer facing retail branch networks. Alison will join the Nomination Committee on her appointment.

Alison Brittain was appointed Group Director, Retail at Lloyds in 2012 having joined from Santander in 2011, where she was Executive Director, Retail. Prior to that Alison spent nearly 20 years with Barclays, including director of the Barclays and Woolwich retail networks and managing director of Barclays Business Banking.

Commenting on the appointment, Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer said: “I am delighted to welcome Alison to the Board. She brings considerable financial and consumer experience and will be an excellent addition to the Board as we continue to develop and progress our strategy to become a multi-channel international retailer.”

Alison Brittain said: “I look forward to joining the Board of M&S and contributing to the continued development of this trusted and iconic brand.”

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