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As the transformation at Marks & Spencer’s continues, Clothing & Home Managing Director Jill McDonald has appointed the Leadership Team responsible for overhauling the Clothing & Home business.

In a move to attract more families to M&S, McDonald has merged the retailer’s womenswear and kidswear teams and appointed Jill Stanton to the new role of Womenswear and Kidswear Director.

Stanton, who will start in July 2018, has outstanding commercial, product and retail experience. She delivered radical change programmes at companies including Next, Dewhirst and Nike where she had global responsibility for clothing.  Most recently Jill was Executive Vice President at Old Navy where she was a key member of the turnaround team and acted as Interim President. 

M&S is also today announcing the appointment of menswear expert, Wes Taylor, who is joining as Menswear Director in May 2018. Wes has over 30 years’ experience in fashion retailing having progressed through Arcadia to lead the Burton business as Managing Director for 11 years. 

Working alongside Jill and Wes in the Clothing & Home business units will be Laura Charles and Neil Harrison. Laura has been a key member of the team driving M&S’s market leading Lingerie position since 2014, and is promoted to the new position of Lingerie Director. Neil has twenty years’ M&S experience and is currently driving the strategy for growth as Home Director. He will pick up additional responsibility for Beauty.

Jill McDonald, Clothing & Home MD, said: “M&S Clothing is transforming. We’re crystal clear on the challenge. We must become more relevant to more people offering the right products at the right prices to appeal to our core customers and attract new ones.

“Jill and Wes are highly impressive retailers with strong track records of success at other high-profile brands and will bring this invaluable experience to M&S. We now have the right leadership team in place to get on and deliver change.”

Michael Kerr, who is currently Menswear & Kidswear Director, has decided to leave M&S after 35 years to pursue other career opportunities. Also, Queralt Ferrer, Womenswear & Lingerie Design Director, is leaving M&S and moving to Amsterdam to be with her family. Consequently, responsibility for Design will be integrated into the business units. Both Michael and Queralt leave with thanks for the significant contribution they have made to M&S.

Belinda Earl, who has most recently been covering womenswear, is stepping away from her commercial role with the retailer but will continue to work in an advisory role and sit on the Board of the M&S Archive. She will hand over her womenswear responsibilities to Jill Stanton over the summer.

Jill McDonald said: “Belinda has made a huge contribution to M&S. She’s a great friend to the brand and we are delighted to retain her support and input.”

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For further information, please contact:

M&S Corporate Press Office              0208 718 1919

Notes to Editors:

Making M&S Special 

In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programme for the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special. 

Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:  

People & Structure Changes

Since Steve Rowe became CEO in April 2016, M&S has set about streamlining and changing its operational and leadership structure. The Clothing & Home and Food businesses have been established as two separate business units, each with full P&L accountabilities, and independently managed.

Additionally, the senior leadership team has been strengthened by reducing in number and fully empowering its Operating Committee, and a number of senior hires, including:

  • David Guise, HR Director, appointed October 2016
  • Mel Smith, Strategy Director, appointed May 2017
  • Jill McDonald, Clothing & Home Managing Director, appointed October 2017
  • Victoria Self, Digital Director, appointed January 2018
  • Sharry Cramond, Food Marketing Director, appointed January 2018
  • Stuart Machin, Food MD, joining April 2018
  • Humphrey Singer, CFO, joining July 2018