Department store chain Debenhams has announced that its managing director Angela Spindler will leave the company on 30 November.

As a result, Michael Sharp, the chain's chief operating officer, has been appointed to the position of deputy chief executive, assuming additional responsibilities for marketing and online business there.

Sharp will continue to report to Rob Templeman, chief executive of the company.

"The board would like to thank Angela for her contribution, in particular to the company's marketing and brand strategy," Debenhams said.

Suzanne Harlow, who is currently the retailer's trading director for women's wear, lingerie, women's accessories and health and beauty, will be appointed to the executive management board as group trading director.

Templeman said: "Michael's track record and knowledge of the Debenhams business, along with his long established pedigree in the fashion industry, leaves him well placed to take on the position as deputy chief executive and the additional responsibilities it entails.

"Suzanne has strong fashion credentials and has been responsible for much of the development of women's wear over the past few years, particularly designers at Debenhams, and she will now bring this expertise to the rest of the business. These appointments will simplify our internal structure and help drive our performance."