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M&S fashion boss to join White Stuff as CEO

Lifestyle retailer White Stuff has appointed Jo Jenkins, director of clothing and beauty at Marks & Spencer, as its new CEO.

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Jenkins also sits on the operating committee at M&S. She will take up the role at White Stuff by spring 2018 at the latest.

She will replace outgoing CEO Jeremy Seigal, who is retiring from the business after five years.

Jenkins joined M&S in 1987 as a range selector, moving to Next after 10 years to become its womenswear product director, a position she held for 15 years.

She rejoined M&S in 2013 as director of lingerie and beauty and in 2015 became director of womenswear, lingerie and beauty.

She shifted to the role of director of clothing and beauty earlier this year, when Jill MacDonald joined M&S in the newly created role of managing director for clothing, home and beauty.

Jenkins said of the move to White Stuff: “It is a privilege to be leading the business through this next phase of its development, and I am looking forward to working with all of the White Stuff team to build on the values and customer ethos laid down by the founders George Treves and Sean Thomas.”

Debbie Hewitt, chairman of White Stuff, added: “[Jenkins] is a talented retailer who brings great customer insight, relevant product knowledge and strong store operations experience and she has a track record of developing effective supply chain relationships.

“She is recognised for leading with a strong brand vision and for bringing a positive customer ethos to the core of the businesses that she has worked with. Her experience will enable her to work with our team to strengthen our brand credentials and to develop the business into new areas.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • Another strong Debbie Hewitt move.

    This lady gets it.

    👍

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  • This move highlights the issues of employee restrictive covenants in the industry http://ow.ly/X5dR30g48zr

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