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George Davies to retire from Per Una as M&S restructures management

George Davies, Marks & Spencer's part-time chairman of Per Una, will retire next month amid a senior management restructure at the company.

Andrew Skinner has been appointed trading director for Per Una, in addition to his role as director of GM planning, and will report to executive director of clothing Kate Bostock. Helen Low, womenswear head of design for casualwear, will become product and design director for Per Una.

Annette Browne has been promoted to trading director for women's casualwear, Limited Collection and knitwear, and Bernadette Lusher will become trading director for women's formalwear, footwear and accessories.

Julian Kilmartin, trading director for menswear, will leave the business and will be replaced by Richard Price, head of merchandising for womenswear.

Melanie Davies, Per Una business unit director, will also leave Marks & Spencer.

M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose said: "George has done a fantastic job in establishing Per Una and building it into a significant brand. We are immensely grateful to him for all he has done for M&S and wish him well for the future."

Readers' comments (3)

  • Ana Santi, I do not know these people but, looking at their performance and what they offer, they should all retire.
    Per Una is 'not-here-not-there-brand' and sells something only during the sale periods.
    It has an Italian looking name, but obviously it is being created by Vietnamese and Polish designers.
    These managers live in their own bubble, without getting in touch with a competition and the reality on the street.
    They imagine and talk very high about their performance, but nobody in the company dares to give them a reality check.
    Only now, when many other shops sell much more and also better looking, fitting and wearing goods, they wake up.

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  • Are you an angry ex-supplier?

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  • ha ha another rant from Savo. get over it

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