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Rumours of conflict with management

Marks & Spencer head of clothing John Dixon resigns

John DixonMarks & Spencer’s head of clothing and home furnishings has resigned from the retailer, with sources claiming he was dissatisfied with top management.

John Dixon, who took on the role three years ago, has lined up another job as a chief executive but has not disclosed its identity. There is speculation that he may be moving to Asda or else heading to Australia.

Steve Rowe, head of food at the company, will succeed Mr Dixon, heightening speculation that he will succeed chief executive Marc Bolland when he  moves on.

However, Laura Wade-Gery who has led a £100m relaunch of the website and was last year handed control of the company’s high street shops, is another candidate for the top job.

Andy Adcock, trading director of food, will be promoted to director of food.

Mr Dixon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed many happy and successful years at M&S. I now have the opportunity to become a chief executive and have therefore resigned from this great company. I wish it, and all my colleagues, every continued success.”

Robert Swannell, chairman, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank John for his service over many years and his many contributions to the business in that time. I am delighted that Steve has been appointed to head up general merchandise and wish him every success in his new role.”

Mr Bolland said: “On behalf of the team and all our colleagues at M&S, I would like to thank John for his contribution to the business. I am delighted to appoint Steve to the role of executive director, general merchandise. Steve has outstanding experience working across the business and is well placed to take the general merchandise business forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”

The retailer reported a dip in first-quarter underlying sales in its clothing, shoes and homeware business on Tuesday, which reversed earlier improvement in its performance.

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