Marks & Spencer’s executive director of multichannel Laura Wade-Gery will not return to the retailer when her maternity leave finishes at the end of September.
Wade-Gery will step down from the board with immediate effect. M&S said there are no further changes to the previously announced responsibilities covering her maternity.
Helen Weir, the company’s chief financial officer, will maintain responsibility for ecommerce distribution, while Sacha Berendji, director of retail, will look after stores.
Robert Swannell, chairman of M&S, said: “Laura has been a valued member of the board and instrumental in the improvement and modernisation of our ecommerce and multichannel capabilities. We wish her all the very best for the future.”
Chief executive Steve Rowe added: “Laura has been a great colleague and has achieved much in her role heading our multichannel business. I am grateful to Laura for her contribution and she leaves M&S with my personal thanks and best wishes.”
Wade-Gery was originally due to return to M&S in January but extended her maternity leave by a further eight months until September.
The retailer said Wade-Gery will receive monthly payments of up to a maximum of eight months’ salary and benefits.