Marks & Spencer has appointed Halfords chief executive Jill McDonald to the newly created role of managing director for clothing, home and beauty.
McDonald’s role will have overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of the M&S non-food business, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics. She will report directly to chief executive Steve Rowe.
Her start date in autumn is to be confirmed.
Rowe will relinquish his clothing, home and beauty accountabilities to McDonald on her arrival and chief finance officer Helen Weir will hand over responsibility for the clothing, home and beauty supply chain and logistics. She will be part of the M&S operating team when she arrives.
Rowe said: “Jill is an excellent addition to the M&S senior leadership team and we are delighted that she is joining us. Jill’s first-class customer knowledge and great experience in running dynamic, high-achieving teams make her exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery in to growth.”
“I have long been an M&S customer and professional fan, so working with the brand was a career opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down,” added McDonald. “I am looking forward to joining Steve and the team later this year to build on the plans that are already under way.”
On her arrival, Jo Jenkins, current director of womenswear, lingerie and beauty, will move to the new role of clothing and beauty director, reporting into McDonald, with expanded accountabilities for all clothing across women’s, men’s and children’s wear.