James Blyth, Baron Blyth of Rowington worked for Mobil Oil from 1963 to 1969, for General
Foods from 1969 to 1971 and for Mars Foods from 1971 to 1974. Between
1974 and 1977, he was general manager of Lucas Batteries and between 1977 and
1981 general manager of Lucas Aerospace. He was also director of the Imperial
Group from 1984 to 1986, managing director of Plessey Electronic Systems in
1985 and 1986, and managing director of the Plessey Company in 1986 and 1987.
Blyth was a director of Cadbury Schweppes between 1986 and 1990, of British
Aerospace between 1990 and 1994, and of Nat West between 1998 and 2000.
1981, Blyth became head of defence sales for the Ministry of Defence, a post he
held until 1985, when he was knighted. From 1987 to 1996, he was a chairman of
the London Business School(LBS), and to 1998 director and chief executive of The
Boots Company On 24 July 1995 and Chairman of Diageo until 2008. He was created a life peer as Baron Blyth of Rowington. He sat as a Conservative
in the House of Lords until his retirement on 1 January 2018.