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M&S shakes up Plan A team as director departs

Marks & Spencer is shaking up the team of its eco-arm as Plan A director Richard Gillies steps down.

Gillies, who has been at the business for 29 years, is leaving in September to join DIY group Kingfisher, where he will he up its own green division Net Positive.

As a result of his departure, head of sustainable business Mike Barry is being promoted, and will take up the reins on October 1.

Barry’s role is then being split in two, with sustainable business manager Carmel McQuaid taking on his former title, while Adam Elman takes on the new position of head of international Plan A delivery.

A spokesman for M&S explained that although Barry’s role had previously included an international remit, the responsibilities have grown as the retailer expands overseas.

He said: “We’re becoming an international multichannel business is absolute focus for us and of course applying plan A to that business as it goes is increasingly important. Having Adam in that role will be very important as we grow our international store base.”

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