M&S said planning for Du Plessis succession is "in hand"

M&S said planning for Du Plessis' succession is "in hand"

Marks & Spencer senior non-executive director Jan du Plessis has stepped down from the board to take up a position with SABMiller.

He will step down from the board of M&S during the first half of 2015 before taking up the role of chairman of beer and soft drinks giant SABMiller in July.

As part of the M&S nomination committee process, the retail group said planning for Du Plessis' succession is "already well in hand to meet this timetable".

This will be the second high ranking departure for M&S in the last month. In early July, CFO Alan Stewart announced his decision to step down to take up the role of finance chief with Tesco.