Retailer Marks & Spencer has promoted general merchandise merchandising director Sacha Berendji as director of retail, a day after the company revealed a shake-up of its management team.

Berendji will start his role on 1 December, working alongside John Dixon, the newly-appointed general merchandise executive director and Belinda Earl who is joining in the autumn as style director.

"We will be planning how we replace Sacha's role during the handover period," a spokesperson for the retailer said.  

Berendji will report to chief executive Marc Bolland and will also be a member of the management committee. He has worked with Marks & Spencer for 18 years, spending the majority of his time in retail.

The move comes a day after the retailer announced Kate Bostock, general merchandise executive director was leaving the company, following months of speculation. Berendji will replace Steve Rowe, who in turn is replacing John Dixon as executive director of food.