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Marks & Spencer clothing boss John Dixon to depart

Marks & Spencer’s executive director for general merchandise John Dixon is leaving the business after almost 30 years to take up a chief executive role elsewhere.

Dixon will step down from the M&S board with immediate effect and leave the company on a date to be agreed.

He will be replaced by Steve Rowe, currently executive director for food. Trading director for food Andy Adcock will step up to be director of food, reporting to chief executive Marc Bolland on an interim basis.

Dixon joined M&S as a management trainee in 1986 and worked his way up the business. By 2002 he was heading up the fresh food trading division. He progressed to director of M&S.com in 2007 and in 2008 also became director for home.

In July 2008 he was appointed director of food, and a promotion to executive director of food followed in 2009.

He became executive director of the retailer’s general merchandise division - which is mainly clothing - in October 2012.

Dixon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed many happy and successful years at M&S. I now have the opportunity to become a chief executive and have therefore resigned from this great company. I wish it, and all my colleagues, every continued success.”

It is not yet known where he is moving to.

Rowe has been with M&S for over 26 years, having started his career in store management. He has since worked in many areas across the business including food, retail, general merchandise and ecommerce.

M&S chairman Robert Swannell said: “On behalf of the  oard, I would like to thank John for his service over many years and his many contributions to the business in that time. I am delighted that Steve has been appointed to head up General Merchandise and wish him every success in his new role.”

Bolland added: “On behalf of the team and all our colleagues at M&S, I would like to thank John for his contribution to the business. I am delighted to appoint Steve to the role of executive director, general merchandise. Steve has outstanding experience working across the business and is well placed to take the General Merchandise business forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”

@KirstyMcGregor

Readers' comments (3)

  • Every continued Success ? Do they look at their figures ?
    See they are putting another person in to clothing who has a load of experience in clothing - furniture and food ?
    Couldn't believe the ranges in store this week - its getting even older styling. Strange.

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  • Just shows how little idea M&S has about doing business in the 21st Century. They still have the Grace Brothers mentality of moving people around in areas they have no experience, so you end up being Jack of all trades, but master of none. It is a compete joke.

    In the case of M&S, Are you being served?

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  • The Grace Brothers mentality is so true. I'm sure many senior women in the clothing side of the business totally despair of the continued 'jobs for the boys' culture, endemic throughout M&S. So pointless bringing new talent in when you just keep moving the same old bodies around the top jobs.

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