M&S appoints Karen Hall as new head of menswear design

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M&S appoints Karen Hall as new head of menswear design
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// M&S poaches Burton head of design Karen Hall
// She will take on the role of head of menswear design at M&S
// Karen Hall will replace James Doidge

Burton head of design Karen Hall has been poached by Marks & Spencer, where she will take on the role of head of menswear design.

At M&S, Hall will be working with former Burton managing director Wes Taylor, who was was appointed as M&S’s menswear director in March last year.

She will also replace James Doidge, whose exit after three and a half years years with M&S follows that of clothing and home chief Jill McDonald in July.

Hall has been in her role at Arcadia-owned Burton since June 2016.

Prior to that, she worked at Ben Sherman for six years, with the latter two years there as head of design.

Meanwhile, M&S group chief executive Steve Rowe has assumed McDonald’s responsibilities for “the near term”.

An M&S spokesperson confirmed Hall’s appointment with Retail Gazette.

“As part of our clothing and home business transformation, we’re committed to recruiting new talent to help us to re-establish authority in year-round wardrobe essentials by improving fit and style.

”Our designers are critical to this and Karen will bring years of design expertise, as well as a new energy, to our menswear team.

“We’d like to thank James for his service, and we wish him all the best with his next role.”

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