M&S clothing boss Jill McDonald exits

Jill McDonald

Marks & Spencer fashion boss Jill McDonald is leaving the business, less than two years after joining from Halfords.

McDonald, who has served as managing director of clothing and home since October 2017, has exited with immediate effect.

M&S chief executive Steve Rowe will assume direct responsibility for its clothing and home division following her departure.

The move comes days after Rowe admitted at the retailer’s AGM that it had endured a “troubled year” in fashion and general merchandise.

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