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.
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.