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M&S parts company with head of womenswear

Marks & SpencerMarks & Spencer has parted company with its head of womenswear in the latest top level shuffle at the high street chain.

Frances Russell’s departure comes less than a month after John Dixon, manager of its non-food division, left the business.

Lingerie and beauty director Jo Jenkins will now include womenswear in an expanded role. She spent 15 years at Next.

Ms Russell led the womenswear business for nearly three years. Womenswear comes under the remit of Steve Rowe, who replaced John Dixon as head of general merchandise last month.

Dixon left to take up a chief executive role at a company that is yet to be identified.

Retail analysts believe Rowe’s move from head of the highly successful M&S food business makes him the natural choice to succeed Marc Bolland as group chief executive.

Rowe has initiated a quick review of the division after M&S reported a dip in first-quarter underlying sales in general merchandise.

 

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