A further restructuring of Marks & Spencer’s fashion team is expected, as sources have indicated that the retailer does not plan to replace outgoing director for clothing and beauty Jo Jenkins.
It is understood that M&S will instead appoint directors for the different fashion departments, who will report to managing director of clothing and home Jill McDonald, who joined from Halfords in September.
Sources said the retailer is looking externally for a womenswear director. Directors for menswear, kidswear, lingerie and beauty are also expected to be hired.
An M&S spokeswoman said: “We said at the time [Jo’s] departure gives Jill an opportunity to look at accountabilities.
Jo is still working with us and it’s too early to provide an update.”
M&S announced in October that Jenkins will leave M&S to join White Stuff as chief executive next spring.
One source said M&S needed someone with product experience to run the all-important womenswear department: “Jill doesn’t come from a fashion background, so they need someone with strong product knowledge to lead the team and turn its fortunes around.” Like-for-like clothing and home sales fell 0.7% year on year for the 26 weeks to 30 September.