// M&S appoints 2 new non-executive directors to the boardroom
// Tamara Ingram and Sapna Sood will join the retailer on May 21
// Their appointments aim to support M&S’s transformation “challenge”
Marks & Spencer has announced the appointment of two new board members to help steer the retailer’s transformation “challenge”.
Tamara Ingram and Sapna Sood will join the high street stalwart as non-executive directors on May 21.
Ingram, who has a leadership career in advertising, marketing and digital communications, joins M&S after having held leadership roles at WPP and Saatchi and Saatchi.
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She is currently non-executive chair of Wunderman Thompson and a non-executive director for Marsh MacLennan.
Meanwhile, Sood has been non-executive director at Kering for the last four years and chaired the luxury retail giant’s sustainability committee.
She is also group director at Compass Group and has previously held leading operational roles in the building materials and industrial gas sectors in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
In addition to these non-executive appointments to the board, M&S confirmed that Katie Bickerstaffe started in her role of chief strategy and transformation director earlier this week and will step down from the board at M&S’s AGM in July.
The retailer also confirmed that Eoin Tonge will join the board as chief financial officer on June 8.
Finally, Alison Brittain announced she would step down from the M&S Board after serving for six years, and she will retire as director before the upcoming AGM.
M&S chairman Archie Norman said: “To support the transformation challenge at M&S we have built a very strong board with diverse and relevant operational experience who are closely engaged with the executive team.
”The appointment of Tamara and Sapna, in addition to Eoin joining the board as an executive director, will bring in fresh and diverse talent and two exceptionally smart new people.
“Our enormous thanks go to Alison who has been a strong and active board member for the last six years.”