GUS plc - Appointment of Argos MD | 26 March 04

GUS plc today announces the appointment of Sara Weller as Managing Director of Argos, one of the UK' s leading multi-channel retailers. She joins Argos in three months time from J Sainsbury plc, where she was Deputy Managing Director of Sainsbury' s Supermarkets.

Sara joined Sainsbury as Marketing Director in 2000, was appointed to the plc Board in 2002, rising to Deputy MD of Sainsbury' s Supermarkets in 2003. Prior to that she was with Abbey National plc as Retail Marketing Director, having spent 13 years in a wide range of roles in sales, personnel management and marketing at Mars Confectionery UK.

Terry Duddy, Chief Executive of Argos Retail Group, said:

" We are delighted to welcome someone of Sara' s calibre to Argos. She has a strong track record in retailing and her experience in marketing and branding in particular will be invaluable as we continue to drive growth at Argos by offering improved choice, value and convenience to our customers."