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The WTM Captains of Industry Lunch brings together 200 of the world travel and tourism

industry’s most senior executives to network, discuss business deals and the latest issues affecting the global industry. The lunch every year has a

high-level keynote speaker, this year former Marks & Spencer CEO and current chairman of Ocado, Sir Stuart Rose, will share his wealth of business experiences and anecdotes.


World Travel Market 2013 will be opened by Sir Stuart Rose, one of the business world’s most respected leaders.

Former Marks & Spencer CEO and Chairman, Sir Stuart led a turnaround of one of the UK high street’s most well- known brands and fought of a number of high-profile take-over bids for the retailer. Sir Stuart will open the event at the new- look WTM Captains of Industry Lunch, with 200 of the industry’s most senior leaders in attendance.

Veteran BBC presenter Stephen Sackur will interview Sir Stuart about his career in business, which will offer the travel industry senior industry audience inspiration and practical advice as to how they can run their own businesses.

Sir Stuart started as a management trainee at Marks & Spencer. He spent 17 years there before moving on to become Burton Group CEO. Sir Stuart then became CEO Argos and Booker before being appointed as CEO of the Arcadia Group in 2000.

The company was in financial difficulties but he turned the business around and presided over its sale to Sir Philip Green two years later.

He returned to M&S in 2004 as CEO, successfully fighting off take over bids from Green. Sir Stuart was promoted to joint Chairman & CEO of Marks & Spencer in 2008 and was knighted in the same year. He stood down from his role at M&S in 2011. Sir Stuart is currently chairman of online delivery company Ocado.

WTM Head of Marketing and Communicatons, Micaela Juarez, said: “I am delighted Sir Stuart Rose has agreed to open World Travel Market 2013. The event is poised to be the biggest and best yet with a number of new initiatives taking place including The Travel Tech Show at WTM and A Taste of ILTM at WTM.

“Sir Stuart is the perfect high profile business speaker to open WTM, inspire the travel industry leader audience and kick-off four days of business deal negotiations between exhibitors and WTM Buyers’ Club members.”


for WTM 2013

Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman of Ocado, will be opening the World Travel Market event this year.

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