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Exclusive: M&S appoints interim womenswear and lingerie bosses

Marks & Spencer’s style director Belinda Earl will head up the retailer’s womenswear and beauty departments until a permanent replacement is found for outgoing director of clothing and beauty, Jo Jenkins, Drapers has learned. 

Head of lingerie buying Laura Charles will take on responsibility for the lingerie department.

Both Earl and Charles are taking on the additional responsibilities with immediate effect and will report into clothing, home and beauty director Jill McDonald.

Earl, who currently works part-time at M&S, will increase her working hours by an undisclosed amount, Drapers understands.

Jenkins is currently working her notice ahead of joining White Stuff as CEO this summer.  

It is not yet known who will take on the role of director of clothing and beauty on a permanent basis, although as previously reported by Drapers, M&S is thought to be looking for an external candidate. 

An M&S spokeswoman said: “We’ve made some interim changes to the clothing and home leadership team as we move towards Jo Jenkins leaving the company at the end of her notice period. As a result, Belinda Earl will temporarily assume responsibility for leading the womenswear and beauty teams.” 

Jenkins announced she was leaving the business in October.

Clothing and home sales at M&S fell 2.8% to £1.19bn on a like for like basis for the 13 weeks to 30 December 2017, with total revenue at the retailer for the quarter falling 0.1% to £3.17bn. 



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