Suzanne Harlow is leaving her role as group trading director at Debenhams, as the business restructures to support its new strategy.
The group trading director role will no longer exist – instead, Debenhams is creating three new business units: fashion and home; beauty and beauty services; and food and events.
Each business unit will be led by a member of the executive committee.
A new executive committee member responsible for fashion and home is expected to be appointed in due course. Debenhams CEO Sergio Bucher will oversee this division in the interim.
The executive committee currently consists of Bucher, CFO Matt Smith, retail director Ross Clemmow, marketing director Richard Cristofoli, international director David Smith, technology and supply chain director Angela Morrison, and HR director Sally Hyndman.
Bucher unveiled his new strategy for the business, “Debenhams Redesigned”, in April. It focuses on experiential shopping, digital growth and driving efficiency.
The retailer said Harlow was planning to “explore new opportunities elsewhere”. She will depart on 20 October.
Bucher said: “I would like to thank Suzanne personally for her support since my arrival at Debenhams in October last year. She has done an excellent job since she joined Debenhams in 1994 and over the last eight years as group trading director has driven growth in categories such as beauty, accessories, food and gift.
“We have strengthened the management team over the last 12 months and now have a structure in place to support our ambition to become a leader in social shopping.”