Retailer Marks & Spencer is shuffling the responsibilities of its executive team in a move that highlights the growing importance of its online and international businesses.

Among the changes intended to ensure "one view" of the customer, Laura Wade-Gery, executive director of multi-channel, will take on responsibility for UK retail in addition to her current role leading M& Sacha Berendji, retail director, will report to Wade-Gery.

Changes are also taking place across the international team, prompted by the departure of international director Jan Heere, who was hired from Zara-owner Inditex in three years ago and is returning to Russia.

Moves to accelerate M&S's global growth will now see the international business report in to Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne alongside his current responsibilities as executive director, marketing & business development.

Costas Antimissaris, currently business development director, international, is appointed international director, reporting to Patrick.

The changes are part of M&S's aim to drive greater accountability and responsibility across the business and will start with accountability for strategic areas of the business being delegated across the executive team.

Steve Rowe, executive director, food, and John Dixon, executive director, general merchandise, will also have operating profit responsibility for their respective trading areas, as will Wade-Gery and Bousquet-Chavanne.

M&S also says that for the first time, UK Retail & M&S International will now be represented at board level.

"Over the last three years, we have worked hard to transform M&S into an international, multi-channel retailer that is fit for the future of retail," said Marc Bolland, M&S chief executive.

"We now have the right infrastructure in place to take our business forward, and as we enter the next phase of our plan, we need to make sure our team structures and internal processes allow us to move with pace, simplicity and speed."