Marks and Spencer has confirmed that Jill McDonald took up the new position of managing director, clothing, home & beauty last Monday (October 2).
The former chief executive officer of Halfords will have overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of the M&S non-food business, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics.
As a result of Jill’s arrival, chief executive officer Steve Rowe has relinquished his clothing, home & beauty accountabilities and chief financial officer Helen Weir has handed over responsibility for the clothing, home & beauty supply chain and logistics.
When the news of Jill’s appointment was announced in May, Steve said: “I’m pleased with the progress we have made in clothing & home over the last year and the time is now right for this appointment. Jill is an excellent addition to the M&S senior leadership team. Her first-class customer knowledge and great experience in running dynamic high achieving teams, makes her exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery in to growth.”
Jill commented: “M&S has a unique, special relationship with its customers and I’m very motivated by working closely with customers to drive and shape results. I have long been an M&S customer and professional fan. So working with the brand was a career opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down.”