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Marks & Spencer restructures top team

Marks & Spencer has overhauled its top team, giving multichannel director Laura Wade-Gery and marketing director Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne additional responsibilities while international director Jan Heere steps down.

Wade-Gery is assuming responsibility for UK retail in addition to her current M&S.com remit. Retail director Sacha Berendji will report into her after previously reporting to chief executive Marc Bolland.

Bousquet-Chavanne has taken on responsibility for the international business, with Heere leaving to return to Russia, where he previously ran Zara owner Inditex’s operations.

Costas Antimissaris, who is currently international business development director, has been promoted to international director.

General merchandise executive director John Dixon is taking on responsibility for operating profit of his trading area, as will Wade-Gery, Bousquet-Chavanne and Steve Rowe, executive director for food for their areas. These roles were previously split between various teams and Bolland.

Chief finance officer Alan Stewart is taking on responsibility for property. Hugo Adams, currently executive assistant to Bolland, has been promoted to property director, reporting to Stewart. Adams replaces Clem Constantine, who left this spring.

Bolland said: “Over the last three years we have worked hard to transform M&S into an international, multichannel retailer that is fit for the future of retail. We now have the right infrastructure in place to take our business forward, and as we enter the next phase of our plan we need to make sure our team structures and internal processes allow us to move with pace, simplicity and speed.”

All the changes start with immediate effect.

Readers' comments (2)

  • M&S can restructure all it likes. Nothing will change until Bolland goes and somebody comes in with completely different philosophy which sadly won't happen.

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  • Who are all these clever people being moved about or is it coming and going. Can someone please pay attention to the PRODUCT and how its managed .Its getting better but the mistakes are still there to be seen, ask the average shopper who goes into the store or is that too much to ask or even better ask the staff!!
    Unfortunately most are all too old to know whats going on in the world of fashion!!! ouch.

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