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Marks & Spencer to reveal new womenswear structure

Marks & Spencer is expected to unveil a shake up of its womenswear team at this evening’s autumn 13 preview.

The high street retailer will tonight uncover its revamped autumn collection - a make-or-break moment for chief executive Marc Bolland who has come under pressure to improve ranges and quality at the high street chain

According to Sky News, M&S will also reveal that it has hired Queralt Ferrer from Zara and Massimo Dutti owner Inditex as head of design for its Autograph and Limited collections.

Gillian Ridley Whittle is also expected to be promoted from head of buying for lingerie and beauty to development and buying director of womenswear.

M&S had not yet responded for requests for comment.

In December Per Una and Limited Collection designer Carole Boyes-Weston left after five months.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the retailer was shaking up its womenswear team following the departure of two of its buyers.

Sara Bradley, head of buying for in-house brands, has left the chain after two years and head of buying for M&S Woman, Mary Wastnage, will leave this autumn.

It has previously been reported that sub-brand M&S Woman is set to be axed this September, with M&S Man to be cut later on this year.

It is thought that Limited will become part of M&S Collection, a new range featuring core clothing collections.

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