Theo Paphitis’ business empire spans retail, property, finance and consumer goods. After starting his career at the age of 16 as a tea boy and filing clerk with Lloyds of London, Theo Paphitis made his name by acquiring and reviving retail brands, including Ryman the Stationer, the Contessa and La Senza lingerie chains, Partners the Stationers and Stationery Box. Theo Paphitis combined the stationery businesses under the Ryman Group, where he is now chairman, and sold his interest in La Senza and Contessa in 2006. He now retains a minority shareholding.
“I’ve always said that business should be fun and joining the advisory board of Marvel is certainly that,” comments Theo Paphitis. “Having loved Marvel’s comics, films and merchandise, I now find myself sharing them with my children and grandchildren. Although Marvel is 70 years old, it is in its infancy in most markets outside the US and UK. I’m looking forward to helping Marvel develop positive results in new territories.”
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