M&S is remaining coy on rumours that Stephanie Chen, executive director of women's wear, lingerie and fashion accessories at House of Fraser, is joining the UK retailer.

UK department store operator House of Fraser confirmed Chen's departure to just-style today (4 September). 

Chen is expected to take on a senior role within M&S' general merchandise business, according to reports. She will be responsible for the retailer's homewares and childrenswear divisions, reports added.

However, a spokesperson for M&S declined to comment. 

In July, M&S revealed several management changes, including the departure of general merchandise executive director Kate Bostock and the promotion of general merchandise director Sacha Berendji as director of retail.

Carole Boyes-Weston was also appointed as head of design for M&S' Per Una and Limited Collection brands.