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Former M&S director Andrew Skinner to join Coast

Coast has hired another former Marks & Spencer big hitter, with Andrew Skinner rejoining his ex-boss Kate Bostock as merchandising director.

Skinner, who worked at M&S for at least 10 years before leaving to work as a consultant at Irish retailer Dunnes Stores two years ago, is believed to have started this week.

During his time at M&S, Skinner held several roles including merchandising director for clothing and home, trading director for Per Una, planning and supply chain director and trading director for menswear.

He takes over at Coast from Clare Kelly, who is leaving after 16 years at the business. Before her departure she will work with Skinner to ensure a smooth handover. She is understood to be taking some time out from the industry.

Skinner’s appointment follows that of M&S head of womenswear design Neil Hendy as creative director, which was announced in March as part of a wider restructure of the business. The restructure also saw the promotion of existing team members including Jo McWilliams to global retail director and Jess Wilks to global digital and srategy director.

It is hoped the restructure, and a new strategy that includes lower price points and more separates, will propel Coast towards low double-digit growth by the end of the year. The retailer had been in decline when Bostock joined last September.  

Coast declined to comment.


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