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M&S digital director exits

Marks & Spencer’s global digital director Marcus East has left the business after just over a year.

A search for his successor is underway. In the meantime, head of operations at M&S.com Ricky Wilson has been promoted to interim head of UK trading and merchandising online.

Wilson will run the day-to-day digital operations until a replacement for East is found. He will report into Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, executive director for customer, marketing and M&S.com.

East joined M&S in January 2016 as digital development director from Apple, where he was head of ecommerce. He was promoted to digital director of M&S amid a management reshuffle last May.

Previous roles include chief information and chief digital officer for Comic Relief. It is not known if he has left to go to another role.

Wilson joined M&S in 1987 as a sales assistant in the Eastbourne store and has worked his way up through the retailer in a number of positions.

An M&S spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank Marcus for his contribution and we wish him well for the future.”

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