Marks & Spencer Andrew Fisher

M&S bolsters tech capabilities with appointment of Shazam boss to board as Martha Lane Fox steps down


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

October 13, 2015 | 2 min read

Marks and Spencer has appointed former Shazam chief and current chairman Andrew Fisher to its Board as a non-executive director while Martha Lane Fox is to step down early next year.

Lane Fox has served on the board for the past nine years and M&S chairman Robert Swannell acknowledged the impact her strong digital background has had on the company: "From culture to Plan A and many other matters, with the perspective and energy that only a true entrepreneur can bring,” he said.

During her tenure on the board, M&S launched a ‘digital lab’ as it looked to embrace a start-up mentality and better connect the on and offline experience.

Since then, it has dabbled with a digital stylist, a ‘Shirt Shop’ which sought to simplify shirt buying for men and a Pinterest-inspired ‘M&S Style Board’ for people to create inspiration boards as well as testing out a loyalty card to help personalise the shopping experience.

However, earlier this year Lane Fox revealed she would spearhead an ambitious venture, Dot Everyone, which aims to create a national institution to make Britain “the most digital nation on the planet”. On her imminent departure from M&S she said: “I have been proud to be part of this fantastic business and to have played a part in shaping this iconic brand for its future”.

Fisher will take up his appointment on 1 December 2015 when M&S will look to lean on his knowledge of mobile alongside his consumer insight and international experience. Under his leadership, Shazam has grown into a global mobile service with over 750 million users across 200 countries.

Fisher is also a non-executive director of MoneySupermarket Group and a member of the Advisory Board to the Secretary of State for the current review of the BBC Charter.

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