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Steve Rowe

CEO, M&S

Last ranked: 25

The 2014 winner of The Grocer Cup, Steve Rowe is widely admired for the job he did on food at M&S, notching up 12 consecutive quarters of like-for-like growth.

His move to the GM side last July brought the same energy, perspicacity and attention to detail, and his further elevation to the CEO position, announced post Christmas, was also welcomed internally. There will not be the same resistance as Bolland encountered. His innate skills as a trader are also admired by the board. And he also knows, in Andy Adcock (40) he has a reliable lieutenant to run food, freeing him up to appoint a GM boss, and sort GM out, once and for all.

The Grocer's Power List 2016 reflects a sector in upheaval