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Marks & Spencer veteran Andrew Skinner leaves the business

Marks & Spencer veteran Andrew Skinner is leaving the retailer after almost three decades.

Skinner, Marks & Spencer’s general merchandise merchandising director, has decided to seek new opportunities outside the business.

Sacha Berendji, who has been M&S chief executive Marc Bolland’s executive assistant, will succeed Skinner and take up the role at the end of March.

An M&S spokeswoman said: “Andrew has been with us for 28 years and feels that the time is right to move on. He leaves with our warm thanks for the contribution he has made to the business over the years and our very best wishes for the future.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • I think there is more to this than meets the eye. Bolland's management style has been increasingly brought into question. Could it be that Skinner finally despaired of dealing with a CEO who thinks he knows all about M&S after 5 minutes in the company and will not listen to anyone else?? I guess Skinner has some kind of gagging order and some hush money?

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  • Who will go next, me thinks one more big fish to jump ship and take over the helm at a young retailer? in need of fresh blood.
    Marc has his own way of doing things and the old guard do not fit in his plans which is quite clear.
    £1 says Andrew will enjoy his early retirement.

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