British retailer Marks & Spencer is shaking up its clothing and home leadership team. Queralt Ferrer, women’s wear and lingerie design director, and Belinda Earl, style director, are both stepping down.
Ferrer, design director since 2015, is moving to Amsterdam to be with her family, while Earl, style director since 2012, is stepping down from her commercial role but will continue to work in an advisory capacity.
Laura Charles has been promoted to the new position of lingerie director, while home director Neil Harrison will also take on responsibility for beauty. Jill McDonald was appointed in October as clothing and home managing director. She has been tasked with delivering the sustained sales and profit growth that has eluded Britain’s biggest clothing retailer for a decade. She has decided to merge the retailer's women’s wear and children’s wear teams in a move to attract more families to M&S.
M&S reset its strategy in November. The plan is to speed up store closures, accelerate the relocation and downsizing of other stores, and reposition its food offering. This year it has also detailed changes to its technology function, clothing and home logistics and food marketing.