M&S announces interim womenswear and lingerie directors

M&S womenswear

Marks & Spencer has appointed an interim womenswear and beauty director to replace outgoing clothing and beauty director Jo Jenkins, as well as appoint a lingerie director.

According to Drapers, current style director Belinda Earl will be interim womenswear and beauty director until a replacement for Jenkins, who resigned in late October, is found.

Meanwhile, head of lingerie Laura Charles will be responsible for M&S’s lingerie department.

Both Charles’ and Earl’s additional responsibilities are with immediate effect and they will report to clothing, home and beauty director Jill McDonald.

Earl, who is currently part-time, is thought to be increasing her working hours by an undisclosed amount.

Jenkins is leaving M&S to take on the role of chief executive of White Stuff from this summer.

“We’ve made some interim changes to the clothing and home leadership team as we move towards Jo Jenkins leaving the company at the end of her notice period,” an M&S spokeswoman said.

“As a result, Belinda Earl will temporarily assume responsibility for leading the womenswear and beauty teams.”

The reshuffle is the latest in a raft of announcements since retail veteran Archie Norman joined as chairman in November, when M&S unveiled its half-year report and re-set chief executive Steve Rowe’s turnaround strategy.

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