// M&S hires Topshop fashion director Maddy Evans
// Evans will join office in November
// Her appointment follows the news of M&S’s clothing managing director Jill McDonald resigning
Marks & Spencer has poached Topshop fashion director Maddy Evans to help bolster its clothing sales.
Evans will join office in November and will be responsible for helping the retailer appeal to ounger families and create more “million pound” product lines, The Mail on Sunday reports.
She served as head of buying at Arcadia-owned Topshop between 2009 and 2012, before being promoted to buying director.
Evans became Topshop’s fashion director in May 2015.
The news of her appointment follows the departure of M&S’s clothing and home managing director Jill McDonald, who left after less than two years at the business.
M&S chief executive Steve Rowe assumed McDonald’s responsibilities and admitted that the retailer suffered from a “troubled year” in fashion and general merchandise at M&S’s AGM last Tuesday.
Rowe said M&S had “the worst availability in casual clothes”.
Evans will not replace McDonald, but will work closely with M&S women and childrenswear boss Jill Stanton.