Marks & Spencer’s executive director of marketing is retiring from the business after nine years.
Steven Sharp will exit the board and take on an interim role of creative director following M&S’ AGM in July. He will then leave the business completely at the end of February 2014.
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, currently director of strategy implementation and business development, will take over Sharp’s responsibilities and will be forward for election to the board at the AGM.
Sharp, who joined M&S in 2004, has been instrumental in many of the changes made to the M&S brand, including the introduction of the ‘Your M&S’ strapline. He intends to take on “a portfolio of interests”, a statement said.
Sharp described his time at M&S as “nine fantastic years, an experience which I have thoroughly enjoyed”.
He added: “I am really looking forward to the freedom to pursue a portfolio of interests. I am also very happy to continue working with M&S as creative director for the remainder of the year. This will allow me to continue to contribute to the transformation of the brand, a subject I’m committed to and very passionate about.”
M&S chairman Robert Swannell said: “Steve has been responsible for many of the company’s iconic campaigns. I fully respect his desire to take up a portfolio of interests and he leaves the company with our full support, appreciation for all of his exceptional work and our best wishes.
“On behalf of all my colleagues I look forward to welcoming Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne to the board; he brings a wealth of international experience.”
Bousquet-Chavanne joined the business in September 2012 and was previously a group president at the Estee Lauder Companies.