Marks and Spencer Group plc ("M&S") today announces the appointments of Katie Bickerstaffe and Pip McCrostie to its Board as a Non-Executive Directors.

Katie has extensive experience of retail transformation from a career in a variety of functions in leading UK retailers and consumer companies. She will bring deep understanding of retail and operations, as well as experience in marketing, people, property, and as a Non-Executive Director, to the M&S brand as it embarks on the first phase of its transformation programme.

Pip brings extensive experience of finance and transactions from a career at Ernst & Young where she transformed and led the Global Corporate Finance business. Her understanding of global businesses, M&A, corporate transactions, and as a Non-Executive Director, will bring financial and analytical discipline and skills to our Board.

Commenting on the appointments, Archie Norman, Chairman of Marks & Spencer said:

"We are delighted to welcome Katie Bickerstaffe and Pip McCrostie to the Board of M&S. As we embark on the first phase of our transformation programme we are building a cohesive and engaged board with deep and relevant skills in retail and business change.”

Katie and Pip will be put forward for election by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting on 10 July and will be formally appointed to the Board following their election. In addition to being appointed to the Nomination Committee, Katie will join the Remuneration Committee and Pip the Audit Committee on appointment.

The company confirms that there is no further information required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Rules.

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