M&S HR boss Harriet Hounsell leaves after just 7 months

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M&S HR boss Harriet Hounsell leaves after just 7 months
Harriett Hounsell reportedly left after M&S carried out another corporate restructuring.
// M&S’s HR chief Harriet Hounsell reportedly made redundant after less than 8 months in the role
// M&S CEO Steve Rowe decided to devolve the retailer’s HR responsibilities

Reports have emerged that Marks & Spencer’s HR chief Harriet Hounsell has left the retailer after less than eight months in the role.

Hounsell left M&S earlier this month after the retailer carried out another corporate restructuring, according to an internal memo from chief executive Steve Rowe seen by Sky News,

Hounsell’s role was reportedly made redundant due to Rowe’s decision to devolve M&S’s HR responsibilities to its individual business units.


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Retail Gazette has contacted M&S for further details.

Hounsell first joined the high street street stalwart last October to help transform its internal culture.

A former John Lewis Partnership executive, Hounsell was hired after a stint with McDonald’s UK as chief people officer.

Her exit comes after M&S unveiled a sharp fall in annual profit last week, and follows a series of recent executive hires for chief financial officer, head of strategy and property director.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Totally agree ,never known a company hire so many executives throughout the business to little effect .They need people like Dave Lewis to sort this shambolic company.

  2. Rowe is out of his depth as ceo. He was probably a good operations manager on the way up from saturday assistant. Now, the continual departure of talent indicates to me that he is struggling to maintain respect. I cannot understand why Norman is allowing this to happen.

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