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M&S poaches Tesco's Laura Wade-Gery for ecommerce role

Marks & Spencer has appointed Tesco ecommerce boss Laura Wade-Gery as executive director multi-channel ecommerce.

Wade-Gery will join from Tesco where she is chief executive of and Tesco Direct.She was also due to take over Tesco’s UK non-food operation when boss Sir Terry Leahy retires in March and Philip Clarke takes the reins.

Tesco has appointed Per Bank as commercial director for Tesco’s UK clothing, electricals and general merchandise from March - the role which Wade-Gery was due to take up. Bank is currently chief executive of Tesco Hungary.

Wade-Gery’s appointment at M&S follows the surprise exit of director M&S Direct Dave Hughes last week.

It is unclear when Wade-Gery will join M&S and what the terms of her appointment will be.

M&S chief executive Marc Bolland said: “I am delighted that Laura is joining the executive team. Her appointment is in line with the plans we announced last November to grow our multi-channel e-commerce business both in the UK and internationally. Laura brings a wealth of relevant experience to M&S and we are all very much looking forward to working with her.”

Robert Swannell, M&S chairman, said: “On behalf of everyone at M&S I would like to welcome Laura to her new role. She will be a real asset to the board debate and the development of our online channel.”

Laura Wade-Gery said: “I am really looking forward to joining the team. M&S is an iconic brand, and has huge potential to develop a multi-channel offering for its customers.”


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