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  1. April 9, 2014

    British business: The Schroders network

    The Schroders links For Nick Ferguson, it was more than just another night at his club. When the BSkyB chairman gathered...

  2. February 16, 2014

    UK’s top retailers speak out against Scottish independence

    The UK’s largest retailers have voiced overwhelmingly hostile views about Scottish independence and the impact it could have...

  1. October 28, 2012

    Calm in the eye of a public storm

    Robert Swannell is heading back to his desk with a bottle of mouthwash. The chairman of Britain’s best-known retailer, Marks...

  2. July 14, 2011

    Darroch does multi-tasking

    It was a busy day for BSkyB chief Jeremy Darroch on Wednesday. As a Marks and Spencer director, he attended the retailer’s...

  3. July 13, 2011

    Retailers with global reach stay ahead in UK

    UK-listed retailers with an international story to tell investors are leaping ahead of market peers whose exposure is...

  4. July 12, 2011

    Deutsche abuzz on Jain successor

    With Anshu Jain about to be elevated to the helm of Deutsche Bank, the chatter in London is about his successor for the...

  5. June 10, 2011

    Dressing up at Marks & Sparks

    Marks and Spencer’s Robert Swannell is set to receive fees of £450,000 ($740,000) a year as the retailer’s chairman, but he...

  6. June 9, 2011

    M&S faces investor ire over pay-outs

    Sir Stuart Rose, who courted controversy while at Marks and Spencer by holding the posts of both chairman and chief...

  7. June 8, 2011

    M&S to shake up executive pay to reflect Bolland plan

    Marks and Spencer will on Thursday reveal a shake-up of its executive pay plan, which is expected to see remuneration linked...

  8. May 23, 2011

    Blustery weather takes shine off Chelsea

    Sir Philip Green of retailer Arcadia arrives at the Chelsea Flower Show Glencore chief Ivan Glasenberg made his Chelsea...

  9. May 12, 2011

    Schroders alumni in FTSE chairs

    While only a few of the Schroders alumni remain at Citigroup, those who have exited are now players in the boardrooms....

  10. May 5, 2011

    M&S deputy chairman to step down

    Sir David Michels and Lady Patten are to step down as non-executive directors of Marks and Spencer, in the latest changes at...

  11. FT Alphaville

    March 2, 2011

    HMV plunges on covenant fears

    Shares in HMV Group plunged nearly 22% in London on Tuesday after the entertainment retailer warned it was likely to breach...

  12. March 1, 2011

    HMV falls 22% on expected covenant breach

    Shares in HMV Group tumbled nearly 22 per cent on Tuesday after the entertainment retailer said it expected to breach the...

  13. March 1, 2011

    HMV lenders set to appoint Deloitte over debt talks

    Lenders to HMV Group, including state-backed banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, are about to appoint...

  14. FT Alphaville

    March 1, 2011

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, - HMV issues another profits warning; expects to breach banking covenants; chairman...

  15. February 5, 2011

    Woman sought for MPC sentence

    As interest rate hawk and rock guitar aficionado Andrew Sentance prepares to leave the monetary policy committee in May,...

  16. January 6, 2011

    High street blues

    In an ideal world, Robert Swannell’s second day as chairman of Marks and Spencer wouldn’t coincide with HMV’s winter...

  17. January 4, 2011

    Rose hands over reins to new M&S chairman

    Sir Stuart Rose will formally hand over the chairmanship of Marks and Spencer to former investment banker Robert Swannell on...

  18. November 5, 2010

    M&S is cautioned on push overseas

    Some of Marks and Spencer’s largest shareholders have warned the company not to push overseas expansion at the expense of...

  19. October 8, 2010

    M&S’s front line

    Alan Stewart got his first taste of life as Marks and Spencer finance director, sitting in on analyst and investor calls as...

  20. September 9, 2010

    When bankers were gentlemen

    The era of former Schroders bankers at Citigroup is passing, with the departures of Sir Win Bischoff and Robert Swannell...

  21. FT Alphaville

    August 24, 2010

    Swannell to chair M&S

    Robert Swannell, a veteran investment banker, has been confirmed as the UK retailer’s next chairman, reports the FT. The...

  22. August 24, 2010

    Michels hand on Swannell back

    Sir David Michels, Marks and Spencer deputy chairman and head of the nominations committee that appointed Robert Swannell,...

  23. August 24, 2010

    Jan Hall shops

    The hiring of Robert Swannell has single-handedly generated plenty of business for headhunters.His departure from the boards...

  24. August 23, 2010

    Equipped to handle board and investors

    Diverse challenge: the chairmanship of M&S combines pressure with the ability to understand strategy and manage conflict The...

  25. August 23, 2010

    A decent chap but is that enough for M&S?

    To a thoroughly British business comes a thoroughly decent chap. Those retail watchers who are not spending August spying on...

  26. August 23, 2010

    Swannell to be new M&S chairman

    Robert Swannell, the investment banker who helped defend Marks and Spencer against a bid from Sir Philip Green in 2004, has...

  27. August 20, 2010

    A dignified exit for Sir Stuart?

    It is not difficult to predict what the official statement announcing Robert Swannell’s anointment as the next chairman of...

  28. August 20, 2010

    Swannell favourite to become M&S chairman

    Robert Swannell, the investment banker who helped defend Marks and Spencer against a bid from Sir Philip Green in 2004, is...

  29. March 31, 2010

    Swannell song

    Robert Swannell says farewell to colleagues on his last day at Citigroup after nearly 33 years. The 59-year-old, who remains...

  30. November 13, 2009

    British Land hires

    British Land chairman Chris Gibson-Smith has added to his board by hiring Richard Pym , Bradford & Bingley chairman, and...

  31. November 7, 2009

    Banking on pay

    Citigroup's joint chiefs for Europe, Middle East and Africa Bill Mills and Lima-born Alberto Verme hosted a well-attended...

  32. November 7, 2009

    ITV search for new head continues as STV legal row escalates

    ITV continued its search for new leadership and found itself embroiled deeper in a cross-border legal war with its...

  33. November 6, 2009

    Leaderless ITV at war with the Scots

    ITV continued its search for new leadership and found itself embroiled deeper in a cross-border legal war with its...

  34. October 28, 2009

    Swannell era ends

    An end of an era as Robert Swannell prepares his final goodbye to banking after 32 years, having settled a departure date...

  35. September 4, 2009

    Swannell makes HMV AGM AGM debut

    Veteran banker Robert Swannell seemed to enjoy his first annual meeting as chairman of HMV yesterday, especially since he...

  36. August 11, 2009

    Sainsbury shops

    HMV chairman and Citi banker Robert Swannell had enough on his plate persuading chief executive Simon Fox not to go to ITV,...

  37. July 21, 2009

    Swannell songs

    Getting into the swing in the HMV boardroom, Bob Dylan fan and veteran investment banker Robert Swannell has wasted no time...

  38. June 23, 2009

    The great defender

    As it squares up to Xstrata, Anglo American has on its board one of the most aggressive defenders in UK corporate finance in...

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