Marks and Spencer has announced two new appointments to its general merchandise management team, completing the new team structure under executive director of general merchandise John Dixon.
Frances Russell, previously director of lingerie and beauty, has been promoted to womenswear director reporting in to Dixon, while Janie Schaffer will join M&S from lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret to replace Frances Russell as director of lingerie and beauty.
Schaffer was chief creative officer at Victoria’s Secret and also launched and owned lingerie chain Knickerbox.
The appointments of Russell and Schaffer complete the senior general merchandise team, which also includes Belinda Earl, who joined the retailer as style director in September and Stephanie Chen who will become executive director of kidswear and homewear in March 2013.
Scott Fyfe takes up his new role as director of menswear in December. Fyfe was promoted to the role of director of menswear from his role as trading director of womenswear merchandising and planning.
As a result of today’s appointments, Annette Browne, former womenswear trading director has stepped down from her role and is leaving M&S with immediate effect.
Commenting on the appointments John Dixon, executive director of general merchandise, said: “Since joining the GM Team in October, one of my priorities has been ensuring that we have the right leadership team and right structure to take us forward.
“I am delighted to complete the team with the promotion of Frances and the appointment of Janie. We are now all absolutely focused on delivering the right product for our customers.”
Chief executive Marc Bolland added: ““We have been able to establish a team that combines the best of M&S experience with exciting, new, external talent. Their impact will start to come through when we launch our Autumn/Winter collections in July next year.”
M&S will report its Q2 trading update tomorrow (November 6).