July 15, 2010 4:44 am

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Sir Stuart Rose and Ian Dyson attend their last AGM

As Sir Stuart Rose bade investors farewell at his last AGM as Marks and Spencer chairman at the Royal Festival Hall, thoughts turned to who would be sitting in his seat next year.

Sir Stuart told investors his successor would be announced by the autumn and he would leave by next March at the latest.

The latest names bandied about as being interested in the job include BA director Lady Kingsmill, Sir Crispin Davis, the former Reed Elsevier boss, and Niall FitzGerald, co-deputy chairman of Thomson Reuters.

It was the last M&S meeting also for finance director Ian Dyson. His possible successors include Andrew Bonfield, former finance director of Cadbury, Nick Wharton, from Halfords, Paul Bowtell, of travel firm Tui, and Richard Ashton of Home Retail.

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