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Marks & Spencer appoints non-exec director and launches French website

Marks & Spencer has appointed Waterstone’s chairman Miranda Curtis as a non-executive director to its board.

Curtis, who was announced as Waterstone’s chairman on October 4, will take up her appointment with M&S on February 1, 2012.

Curtis is a non-executive director of Liberty Global, which is the sister company to Liberty Media, which owns 16.6% stake in US bookseller Barnes & Noble. She has also served on a number of private and public company boards across Asia and Europe.

The appointment of Curtis comes after Louise Patten stepped down from her post as non-executive director.

Robert Swannell, M&S chairman said: “In addition to her extensive experience of business and Boards, Miranda will bring a valuable perspective of international consumer business and technology to our strategy, set out by Marc Bolland in November 2010, to become an international multi-channel retailer.”

Curtis said: “I am looking forward to joining the Board of Marks & Spencer and contributing to the continued development of this great retailer.”

Elsewhere M&S has today launched its transactional French website, . This is the retailer’s first international transactional website and will serve customers throughout France.

The website is part of the retailer’s ‘bricks & clicks’ strategy, as it returns to France with a combined store and e-commerce offer. Later this autumn, M&S will open its new store Paris on the Champs-Elysées offering a selection of womenswear, lingerie and food. Following on from this, M&S will open further stores across the French capital.

Laura Wade-Gery, M&S executive director of Multi-channel E-commerce, said: “Our plan is to transform M&S into an international multi-channel retailer and it’s absolutely right that our first international website should launch here in France, where we know there’s great awareness of M&S.

“Returning to this market with an online offer allows customers throughout the country to shop across our product range at any time, from any location and in their own currency.”

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