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EXCLUSIVE: HoF's Stephanie Chen leaves for M&S

Stephanie Chen, executive director of womenswear, lingerie and accessories at department store group House of Fraser, is leaving the retailer to join Marks & Spencer.

It is not known when Chen, who has been at HoF since September 2009, will leave the business but it is understood that she will oversee homeware and kidswear in her new role at M&S.

Prior to working at HoF, where she was involved in the retailer’s relaunch of iconic British womenswear label Biba in September 2010, Chen worked at Debenhams where she is credited with being involved in the launch of the department store’s iconic Designers at Debenhams range.

It is thought that Chen is moving into a new position at M&S, and is not directly replacing either trading director for home Damian Guha or head of kidswear Karl Doyle, both of whom will remain in their respective roles.

However when M&S confirmed Kate Bostock’s departure, it was suggested her successor John Dixon would usher in a period of change at the retailer.

It was announced in July that Bostock would be leaving both the board and her role as executive director of general merchandise at M&S on October 1. It has been widely rumoured both before and since that she is headed for a role at etail giant Asos.

M&S and HoF are expected to comment shortly.

More details to follow on Drapers soon.

 

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