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Wade-Gery gets top retail job at M&S as Bolland reshuffles team

Laura-W-GLaura Wade-Gery has been given the top retail job at Marks & Spencer as part of a management reshuffle by chief executive Marc Bolland.

Wade-Gery has been put in charge of UK retail alongside her role running M&S.com. Her extra responsibilities are designed to 'ensure one view of the customer'. Sacha Berendji, Marks & Spencer retail director, will report to Wade-Gery.

The changes are part of M&S's aim to drive greater accountability and responsibility across the business and will start with accountability for strategic areas of the business being delegated across the executive team.

John Dixon, Marks & Spencer executive director general merchandise (which includes home), Steve Rowe, executive director food, Wade-Gery and Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, executive director marketing and business development who is now also responsible for international business, will have operating profit responsibility for their respective trading areas.

Alan Stewart, chief finance officer adds property to his responsibilities as part of his financial asset management role. Hugo Adams, currently executive assistant to chief executive Marc Bolland, has been appointed as property director, reporting to Stewart.

Costas Antimissaris, currently business development director international has become international director, reporting to Bousquet-Chavanne. Jan Heere, current international director, is leaving the business to return to Russia.

Bolland says: 'Over the last three years, we have worked hard to transform M&S into an international, multi-channel retailer that is fit for the future of retail. We now have the right infrastructure in place to take our business forward, and as we enter the next phase of our plan, we need to make sure our team structures and internal processes allow us to move with pace, simplicity and speed.'

The chain will also instigate an internal realignment of responsibilities to drive more accountability and responsibility across the organisation. 'Increased spans of control, streamlined processes, and a more collaborative way of working will combine to promote swifter decision making and a speedier response to customers' needs,' according to the company.

The chain has developed four core values built on the founding principles that have guided M&S's business over the last 130 years. They support M&S's new customer promise of 'Enhancing lives. Every day' and are: inspiration, innovation, integrity and in-touch.

Wade-Gery joined Marks & Spencer in 2011 having been chief executive of Tesco.com and Tesco Direct.