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Marks & Spencer announces major clothing management shake-up

Marks & Spencer Group PLC on March 26 appointed Jill Stanton as the director for its newly merged womenswear and kidswear division, effective July. Stanton was most recently the executive vice president at Gap Inc.'s Old Navy.

Womenswear and kidswear divisions were merged by Jill McDonald, who joined the company as managing director clothing, home and beauty in October 2017.

The retailer also appointed Wes Taylor as its menswear director, effective May, and promoted Laura Charles to a new role of lingerie director.

The retailer also said Neil Harrison, who serves as home director, will take additional responsibility for the beauty division.

The department store operator said its menswear and kidswear director, Michael Kerr, and womenswear and lingerie design director, Queralt Ferrer, will step down from the company. Also, Belinda Earl from the womenswear division will step down from her role.

Marks & Spencer on March 22 appointed Stuart Machin as the managing director of food. Machin will replace the company's director for food, Andy Adcock, who will step down, effective April. Machin joins Marks & Spencer from Steinhoff UK, whose troubled parent Steinhoff International Holdings NV is undergoing an investigation into alleged accounting irregularities.