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M&S ousts clothing and home boss

JillMcDonaldJill Macdonald, Marks & Spencer clothing and home md is to leave the chain, with Steve Rowe, Marks & Spencer ceo taking control.

McDonald joined from Halfords in October 2017 and said she would be responsible for the overall profit and loss accountability in all aspects of its non-food arm. It appears she has paid the price for not fixing the chain’s supply chain issues. Earlier this week Rowe told its AGM that mistakes had been made during a ‘troubled year’ for its clothing and homewares business.

In a statement Rowe says: ‘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.’