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  • Tuesday, 19th June 2012

    Make Your Mark

    We're very excited to announce that Laura Wade-Gery, M&S Executive Director Multi-channel E-commerce, will be presenting the keynote speech at our first Make Your Mark event in partnership with the University of Leeds. Laura will talk about how one of the world's most iconic high street names is transforming its virtual and physical presence in the marketplace at ‘Make Your Mark’, a new business-focused event taking place at the University of Leeds on Friday 29 June.

    The event forms part of the growing strategic partnership between one of Britain's leading retailers and the University of Leeds, which has also seen the M&S Company Archive relocated to a purpose-built facility on the University campus, and offers a unique opportunity for business and higher education to come together.

    Laura joined the Marks & Spencer board in July 2011, bringing considerable retail and consumer experience, as well as significant knowledge of e-commerce to one of Britain’s most recognisable retailers.  She said:

    "I'm delighted to be speaking at the first event in our Make Your Mark Networking Series; part of the unique partnership between Marks & Spencer and the University of Leeds. The dynamic world of multichannel and e-commerce continues to grow and impact on the way we shop today, tomorrow and into the future - building on the long history of customer-centred innovation at M&S that is so vividly captured at the M&S Company Archive."

    Each 'Make Your Mark' event will feature guest speakers of the highest calibre, on topics including; e-commerce, corporate governance, international business and sustainable building, as well as open Q&A and an opportunity to network afterwards.

    Martin Holmes, Marketing Director at the University of Leeds, said:

    "We’re delighted to welcome Laura to Leeds for what is sure to be an insightful and informative event. Make Your Mark is not just a key element of our partnership with M&S, but an opportunity for the region's businesses to visit the campus and to find out more about how university and businesses of all sizes can work together."

    'Make Your Mark' is free and open to all, see www.leeds.ac.uk/makeyourmark for full details, or to reserve your place contact Karen Clinton at the University of Leeds on

    k.clinton@leeds.ac.uk or telephone 0113 3434628.

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