May 17, 2017 | By WGSN Insider
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Marks & Spencer‘s head of womenswear Frances Russell is leaving in the latest key management shake-up.
Russell will be replaced by Jo Jenkins, who will add the womenswear remit to her current role as head of lingerie and beauty.
New general merchandise head Steve Rowe is understood to believe this will lead to faster decision-making and tighter management.
Following a review of the retailer’s leadership team, Russell’s departure follows Rowe’s move from head of food following the surprise exit of John Dixon.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Rowe made an internal announcement to senior staff on Tuesday afternoon where he revealed that he believed that there should be better collaboration within M&S’s womenswear department.
An M&S spokesperson said: “We are pleased to promote Jo Jenkins into the expanded role of Director of Womenswear, Lingerie & Beauty. She has a wealth of experience, with excellent product knowledge and great customer understanding. Frances Russell has left the business. We’d like to thank her for her significant contribution to M&S and wish her all the best for the future.”
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