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Halfords boss to drive M&S clothing sales

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Marks & Spencer has unveiled another managerial change in its latest bid to improve sale of its clothing range.

It has hired Jill McDonald, chief executive at Halfords, to take up the new role of managing director, clothing, home & beauty.

She will have overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of M&S apart from food, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics.

She joins in the autumn and will report directly in to CEO, Steve Rowe who will relinquish his accountabilities for the division. Chief financial officer Helen Weir will hand over responsibility for the supply chain & logistics part of the business. 

Mr Rowe said: “I am pleased with the progress we have made in clothing & home over the last year and the time is now right for this appointment. 

“Jill is an excellent addition to the M&S senior leadership team and we are delighted that she is joining us.:

He said she was “exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery in to growth.”

Ms McDonald said: “M&S has a unique, special relationship with its customers and I am very motivated by working closely with customers to drive and shape results.

“I have long been an M&S customer and professional fan, so working with the brand was a career opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down. I am looking forward to joining Steve and the team later this year to build on the plans that are already under way.”

M&S also announces today that Jo Jenkins will move to the new role of clothing & beauty director, reporting into Ms McDonald and with expanded accountabilities for all clothing across womenswear, menswear and kidswear.

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