Amazon is on the verge of hiring former Marks & Spencer womenswear director Frances Russell as it seeks to expand its fashion business, Drapers understands.
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Russell, who left M&S in August last year, is thought to be lined up to take a senior role at Amazon Fashion, which could include spearheading the launch of a private label brand.
As Drapers reported yesterday, Amazon is stepping up its expansion in the fashion industry and plans to launch its own private label fashion brand.
The company is recruiting for various roles within its fashion private label team at its Seattle headquarters in the US - including a technical designer and fit specialist, head of product quality and fit and a sourcing manager - as well as for a director for its private label business in Bangalore.
Russell joined M&S in 2008 from Arcadia, where she was brand director of Burton and Evans. She was promoted from lingerie and beauty to director of womenswear in 2012.
Russell and Amazon declined to comment.