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Exclusive: More departures as Rowe continues M&S shake-up

Marks & Spencer has made further changes to its clothing and home senior management team, which have led to the departures of Krishan Hundal, director of technology in clothing and home, and Simon Colbeck, head of innovation and quality for general merchandise.

The retailer is integrating the quality, innovation and technology functions into the clothing and home business unit so there is no longer a role for a director of technology in clothing and home. Hundal has decided to leave the business after 26 years and Colbeck after 18 years, Drapers has learned.

Simon Colbeck

Simon Colbeck

Simon Colbeck

In parallel with this integration, M&S is rationalising its womenswear design structure. M&S had two heads of design for womenswear, Sara Palbrant-Bloomberg and Karen Peacock. Peacock is to leave under the restructuring. Palbrant-Bloomberg reports into womenswear, lingerie and beauty design director Queralt Ferrer.

Karl Knight, head of quality and innovation for womenswear, and Kim Philips, head of general merchandise packaging, are also leaving.

Paschal Little has been appointed head of technology for womenswear, lingerie and beauty, with additional responsibilities for the central teams in ethical trading, sustainable raw materials and UK inspection.

Mark Yates, head of innovation and quality, menswear, has been given additional responsibility for the central technical teams in innovation delivery, re-processing, data analysis, and project and colour management.

Michael Kerr, homeware director, will also take responsibility for the packaging team, supported by Sarah Rose-Price as head of clothing and home packaging.

“We have made some changes to our clothing and home leadership team under our drive to recover and grow this part of our business,” said an M&S spokeswoman. “As a result, we have streamlined our womenswear design leadership team, and further integrated quality and technology across clothing and home.”

The latest developments, which were announced internally yesterday, follow a series of changes unveiled last month to the management structure designed to enable “speedier decision making” and bring the business closer to its customers, driven by new chief executive Steve Rowe.

Digital director David Walmsley, and kidswear and home director Stephanie Chen are among the senior people to have left the company in mid-May.

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