Archie Norman is a British businessman and politician, who is currently Chairman of ITV plc.
He joined McKinsey & Co on graduation and, at age 32 he became group finance director at Kingfisher plc (then Britain's largest retailer). By aged 42, he was chairman. Norman became Chief Executive at Asda in 1991; the only applicant for a near bankrupt business. He later became Chairman and is credited with transforming it into the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, before its sale to Wal-Mart in June 1999.
After leaving Parliament in 2007 Archie set up Aurigo Management, which seeks to acquire underperforming or distressed businesses which are capable of responding to the management intensive approach. Archie is also a Senior Advisor to Lazard. In November 2007 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of Coles Group, the second largest retailer in Australia, and has played a leading role in setting the strategy and recruiting the team for potentially the largest turnaround project in global retailing.
In January 2010 Archie was appointed Chairman of ITV.
Greg Dyke will interview Archie Norman, discussing his remarkable career and the new challenges which he now faces at the oldest commercial television network in the UK.
Admission is by free ticket only, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets.