UK retailer Marks & Spencer has announced a series of changes to its general merchandise team following the appointment of John Dixon as executive director of general merchandise.

The company confirmed earlier reports that Stephanie Chen will join the company as director of kidswear and home. She joins from department store retailer House of Fraser, where she was most recently executive director across women's wear, fashion accessories and lingerie.

Scott Fyfe has been named as director of men's wear. He is currently trading director of women's wear merchandising and planning. He has over 16 years of experience working for M&S in a number of departments.

Karl Doyle, who is currently trading director of kidswear, will step down from his position in March 2013 to pursue opportunities outside the company. Damian Guha, currently trading director of home, will continue to run the home department until March 2013, when he will move to a new role at M&S.

"We are delighted to be attracting retailers like Stephanie to the general merchandise team," said Dixon. "Her skills and experience, combined with our considerable internal talent, will help to drive our clothing and home business forward."

The appointments will be effective by the end of March 2013.

In July, M&S announced that general merchandise executive director Kate Bostock would step down from the role, to be replaced by Dixon, who was most recently executive director of food. It also promoted general merchandise director Sacha Berendji to director of retail.