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Timeline: Marks & Spencer’s unsteady ship

Another key member of Marks & Spencer’s board, Alan Stewart, announced he would be leaving his position as chief financial officer at the retailer last week (10 July). Drapers takes a look at Marks & Spencer’s unsteady and ever-changing staff over the last four years.

4 May 2010: Marc Bolland joins Marks & Spencer as its new chief executive. He replaces Sir Stuart Rose.

5 May 2010: Group finance and operations director Ian Dyson, steps down to join pub group Pub Taverns as chief executive. He is replaced in August by Alan Stewart.

September 2010: Nick Jones leaves his post as director of home, beauty and gifts, after being with Marks & Spencer for 15 years. He joins George at Asda as merchandising, supply and sourcing director. Per Una’s trading director, Andrew Skinner takes over on an interim basis.

October 2012: After years of speculation, executive director Kate Bostock bows out to join Asos.

January 2013: Carole Boyes-Weston, head of design at Marks & Spencer for womenswear labels, Per Una and Limited Collection, leaves the business after five months in the role. Head of design for footwear, accessories, Autograph, Classics and the Indigo Collection Karen Peacock takes over Boyes-Weston’s role on an interim basis.

March 2013: Kidswear director Karl Doyle leaves Marks & Spencer to join Shop Direct. His role was effectively made redundant when Marks & Spencer hired Stephanie Chen as director of kidswear and home, the previous autumn.

11 April 2013: Head of buying for formal menswear, Nick Keyte departed Marks & Spencer to head for John Lewis. He took up the role of head of menswear buying at John Lewis.

16 April 2013: Director of lingerie and beauty, Janie Schaffer left her role after just three months. She was replaced by Jo Jenkins in May, who had left her role at Next as product director to join Marks & Spencer.

2 May 2013: Sara Bradley, head of buying for in-house brands, and Mary Wastnage, head of Marks & Spencer Woman, both left the retailer.

21 May 2013: Steven Sharp stepped down from his role as executive director of marketing. He had been with Marks & Spencer for nine years and was replaced by Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, the former director of strategy implementation and business development.

21 May 2013: After eight years with Marks & Spencer, director of store environment and presentation, Nayna McIntosh, stepped down. She was replaced by Zara’s former commercial director Florence de Boosere in August.

August 2013: Richard Gillies, director of Marks & Spencer’s environmental strategy, Plan A, stepped down. He had been with the business for 29 years and left to head up DIY brand Kingfishers’ green division, Net Positive. Head of sustainable business for Marks & Spencer, Mike Barry, was promoted to fill Gillies’ role.

October 2013: Gillian Ridley-Whittle resigned from her post as womenswear director at Marks & Spencer. She had been with the company for almost 10 years.

January 2014: Laura Charles and Paula Bonham-Carter made the move from Next to join Marks & Spencer’s buying team. Charles moved to head up the lingerie buying department reporting into lingerie director, Jo Jenkins, while Bonham-Carter was brought in to become head of buying for womenswear reporting into womenswear director, Frances Russell.

May 2014: International director, Jan Heere, was said to be poised to leave the retailer later in the year, and was understood to be contemplating a new role outside the UK. Costas Antimissaris was being lined up for a promotion from international business development director to international director.

June 2014: Marks & Spencer restructured its top team giving multichannel director Laura Wade-Grey and marketing director Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne additional responsibilities. Wade-Grey assumed responsibility for UK retail in addition to her M& remit. Bousquet-Chavanne took on responsibility for the international business after it was confirmed Jan Heere was stepping down. Alan Stewart took on responsbility for property and Hugo Adams was promoted to property director.

July 2014: Marks & Spencer’s chief finance officer, Alan Stewart announced he will leave the retailer to join Tesco. This came less than a fortnight after he was given additional responsibility for property for M&S.


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