Marks & Spencer’s general merchandise executive director Kate Bostock is in the frame for top jobs with other retailers attempting to woo her away from the high street giant.
Industry sources told Retail Week that Bostock, who was seen as a potential successor to Sir Stuart Rose as chief executive of M&S, has held conversations with a number of retailers.
It is thought Asos is among those Bostock has held conversations with in recent weeks about moving from M&S to a senior role elsewhere.
It is understood that other retailers who have sounded out Bostock include privately-owned fashion group New Look, which is on the hunt for a chief executive, along with other apparel specialists.
However, Bostock told Retail Week she had no plans to leave M&S.
Bostock, who has been with M&S since 2004, would bring any new employer experience gained at Next and Asda’s George fashion business.
Bostock was tipped to take the top job at M&S, replacing Sir Stuart Rose, although she has said that she did not want that role, which subsequently went to former Morrisons boss Marc Bolland.
There has frequently been speculation that Bostock was considering leaving M&S, and it remains unclear whether on this occasion she will be tempted to a role elsewhere.