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Exclusive: M&S makes key womenswear hire

Marks & Spencer has appointed Jill Stanton, former executive vice-president of product at Old Navy, to head its womenswear department, Drapers understands.

Several industry sources have told Drapers US-based Stanton has been drafted in to lead the womenswear offer at the business. It is thought that she will report into managing director, clothing, home and beauty Jill McDonald.

An M&S spokeswoman would not confirm the appointment, saying: “We never comment on rumour and speculation.”

Stanton initially joined the Gap group in March 2012 as creative adviser for Gap and sister retailer Old Navy. Seven months later she took on the role of executive vice-president of product at Old Navy – a position she held for three years.

She was interim president at Old Navy from 2015 until 2016 and most recently a brand adviser to the retailer for five months until September 2016.

Stanton started her career as a range selector for M&S in 1985 – a role she held for two years. She was latterly divisional managing director at British supplier Dewhirst for nine years and global clothing general manager at Nike for 13 years.

In January M&S style director Belinda Earl was appointed to head the retailer’s womenswear and beauty departments until a permanent replacement was found for outgoing director of clothing and beauty, Jo Jenkins.

Head of lingerie buying Laura Charles took on responsibility for the lingerie department.

Jenkins, who announced she was leaving the business in October, is currently working her notice before joining White Stuff as CEO this summer.


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