M&S welcomes ex-Debenhams director as new boss for brands

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M&S Marks & Spencer Sarah Savva
Sarah Savva worked at department store chain Debenhams between 1989 and 2018
// M&S hires new business lead of brands
// Sarah Savva most recently served as project manager of new business development at Primark

Marks & Spencer has appointed the former Debenhams director Sarah Savva as its new business lead of brands.

Savva was most recently the project manager of new business development at Primark, and joined M&S earlier this month.

She worked at department store chain Debenhams between 1989 and 2018, working her way up from finance controller to become director of external business in 2011.


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The appointment comes after M&S chief executive Steve Rowe announced in May that he plans to enlist the power of complementary fashion and home labels to “turbo-charge” the retailer’s ecommerce offering.

In early June, M&S launched its ‘Never The Same Again’ programme at its AGM because “we want to come back from the crisis a changed business, a faster business”.

M&S chairman Archie Norman said the aim of the initiative is to work three years into one.

At its AGM, M&S also announced the appointment of two new board members.

The chairman of advertising agency Wunderman Thompson, Tamara Ingram joined the board as non executive director, while the international clients and market development group director of food services Compass Group, Sapna Sood, also joined as non executive director.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Haven’t we been here before? I thought we had just dropped “Brands”. Surely there is only one brand for this Company, and that is M&S. I think the greater problem for the Clothing Division is the amount of floor space it occupies. It sometimes seems like they are buying to fill the space.

  2. Debenhams lifer. DIdn;t last long in Primark. KIss of death! Amazing Rowe is still talking about turbo-charging ecommerce. Hello? This is 2020, the dotcom boom was 1999, you had 20 years to figure this out.

  3. Contrary to the previous points. This is a smart move. M&S can take advantage of the demise of Debs Fraser’s and J Lewis and pick and choose the correct brands to bring new customers back to M&S stores. These brands will need to find new outlets for their now closed concessions and M&S will be able to do attractive deals . Savva has all the contacts and relationship they all need . Seems like a win win win

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