Carl Dawson is to join M&S as its IT director

Carl Dawson is to join M&S as its IT director

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has poached Tesco's chief information officer for online, Carl Dawson, as its IT director.

Dawson succeeds Darrell Stein in the role and will report to interim chief finance officer Paul Friston.

M&S chief executive Marc Bolland said in an internal announcement: "Carl has a wealth of IT experience from the retail industry and joins us from Tesco. Prior to this, Carl has held chief information officer positions at both Shop Direct and Thomas Cook."

His start date is expected to be announced soon.

In the meantime, the retailer's head of business solutions at M&S.com, Clifford Cohen, will fill the role on an interim basis.