LONDON Nov 5 Bellwether British retailer Marks
& Spencer said on Monday it had made more changes to its
non-food management team as it seeks to address a fall in sales.
Chief Executive Marc Bolland cautioned that the new team's
impact would not start to come through until the firm, Britain's
biggest clothing retailer, launched autumn/winter collections in
July next year.
Bolland had told Reuters in September that M&S' 2013
spring/summer ranges would show some of the team's new buys.
In July M&S posted its worst underlying quarterly sales
performance for three and a half years.
The group publishes its first half results on Tuesday where
it is expected to report a 2.5 percent fall in second quarter
underlying general merchandise sales and an 11 percent fall in
first half profit.
M&S said it had promoted Frances Russell to the position of
director of womenswear with immediate effect. Russell, a former
director of Philip Green's Arcadia, has been at M&S for four
years, most recently as director of lingerie and beauty.
M&S said Annette Browne, the womenswear trading director had
stepped down from her role and left the retailer.
It also said Janie Schaffer, currently chief creative
officer at Victoria's Secret, will succeed Russell as director
of lingerie and beauty early next year.
The latest appointments complete the senior general
merchandise team of John Dixon, who moved from food to succeed
Kate Bostock as the division's head last month.
Bostock has since joined online fashion retailer ASOS
Belinda Earl, the former CEO of Debenhams, Jaeger
and Aquascutum, joined as style director in September, Stephanie
Chen is now running the kids and home team and Scott Fyfe takes
up his new role as director of menswear next month.