Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced a number of changes to its senior management team this week, as new CEO Marc Bolland begins to initiate his strategy in the wake of Sir Stuart Rose’s departure .
Andrew Skinner has been appointed as Merchandising Director for the company’s General Mechandise (GM) division, whilst the other two major changes affect the retailer’s womenswear department.
Annette Browne is the new Trading Director of Womenswear Product Direction and Design, while Scott Fyfe has become Trading Director of Womenswear Merchandising and Planning. Both jobs include responsibility for the per una brand.
Commenting on the changes, an M&S spokesperson remarked: “As Marc said in November, structure follows strategy.
“We’ve made changes to our GM leadership team to ensure that we have the right structure in place to deliver our business plan.
“The changes allow us to place greater focus on merchandising and eliminate duplication in womenswear and per una.”
M&S’s half-year financial update for the six months to October 2nd showed that total sales grew 5.4 per cent year-on-year, with sales in GM up an impressive 6.3 per cent.
Commenting at the time, Bolland said that the business was planning to improve its core M&S ranges, in order for the “unique quality, style and fashion” of the brand to stand out.
With the first anniversary of his appointment as CEO just over three months away, today’s announcement indicates that Bolland’s plans for M&S are beginning to take shape.