M&S on the hunt for new fashion boss to turn around clothing arm

Marks & Spencer has hired a headhunter to find a new fashion boss for its clothing division, which has been struggling in recent years.

That’s according to a report from This Is Money, which said the retailer has appointed headhunter JCA Group to find a new fashion chief.

Marks & Spencers’ clothing business has been headed by Steve Rowe for almost two years but according to sources, Rowe was spending more time on planning because of his restructuring.

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This Is Money reported that a rival headhunter said that the successful candidate would need some “M&S DNA” – previous experience with the firm.

The report noted that potential candidates could include Mothercare boss Mark Newton-Jones; former Next product director Christos Angelides; or Fat Face boss Anthony Thompson, who worked at M&S as recently as 2007 as retail director. It said that M&S declined to comment.

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