McDonald will take up the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty

McDonald will take up the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty

UK retail group Marks & Spencer has confirmed Jill McDonald will take up the newly created role of managing director of clothing, home and beauty on 2 October.

The retailer is hoping to turn around the fortunes of its non-food business with the appointment, which was first announced in May.

McDonald, who is joining from car parts to bicycle chain Halfords where she was CEO, will have overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of the M&S non-food business, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics, and will report directly to CEO Steve Rowe.

The appointment follows an extensive search by M&S for a new clothing and homewares boss to replace Rowe, who was promoted to chief executive last year. 

McDonald will be part of the M&S Operating Committee, the team accountable for the day-to-day running of the business and the development and execution of strategy. Her appointment will see CFO Helen Weir hand over responsibility for the clothing, home & beauty supply chain and logistics.

The retailer has also recently appointed Gordon Mowat to head up its clothing and home supply chain, logistics and planning as it struggles to revive its clothing division, with the unit seeing sales fall again in its latest quarter – albeit at a slower rate than the previous quarter. Mowat will report to McDonald.

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