Marks & Spencer hires Halfords boss to run lingerie division

Marks & Spencer has hired the CEO of bikes and car parts retailer Halfords as the new managing director of Clothing, Home and Beauty.

Jill McDonald will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s non-food business, which also covers lingerie, swimwear and nightwear.

She will join M&S in the autumn after two years at Halfords, having previously been the UK boss of McDonald’s.

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As a result of this appointment, M&S has also announced a change of responsibility for CEO Steve Rowe, who will relinquish his Clothing, Home & Beauty accountabilities to McDonald on her arrival, and for CFO Helen Weir, who will hand over responsibility for the Clothing, Home & Beauty Supply Chain & Logistics.

McDonald will be part of the M&S Operating Committee, the team accountable for the day-to-day running of the business and the development and execution of strategy, and will take responsibility for design, sourcing, supply chain and logistics.

Steve Rowe said: “I am 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 and we are delighted that she is joining us. Jill’s first-class customer knowledge and great experience in running dynamic, high achieving teams make her exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery in to growth.”

McDonald commented: “M&S has a unique, special relationship with its customers and I am 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. I am looking forward to joining Steve and the team later this year to build on the plans that are already underway.”

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