Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that Jill McDonald is leaving the business nearly two years after taking over as managing director of clothing and home.
The retailer’s ceo Steve Rowe will be taking over her responsibilities in the near term. He said: “Jill was brought in to establish a strong platform for the transformation of the clothing and home business. She has achieved that; she leaves with my thanks and good wishes for the future.
“She has recruited a talented team, improved the quality and style of product and set a clear direction for the business to attract a younger family age customer. The business now needs to move on at pace to address long-standing issues in our clothing and home supply chain around availability and flow of product. Given the importance of this task to M&S, I will be overseeing this programme directly.”
Jill joined M&S in October 2017 as clothing, home & beauty managing director. Her consumer brand experience spans some 30 years and covers both marketing and operational positions in the UK and overseas. She started her career at Colgate-Palmolive Company and then spent 16 years with British Airways before moving to McDonald’s in 2006, where she held a number of senior roles before being promoted to chief executive officer UK and president for the North-West Europe division. Between May 2015 and September 2017, Jill served as ceo of Halfords.
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