Marks & Spencer has appointed a dedicated director to oversee the ongoing overhaul of its supply chain, a central plank of chief executive Marc Bolland’s improvement strategy.

The retailer has drafted in former General Motors executive Dirk Lembregts to become supply chain director, Retail Week has learned.

Darrell Stein, who has been in charge of both logisitcs and IT, will focus entirely on the latter, which is equally important to M&S’s development.

Lembregts will join Stein as a member of M&S’s management committee.

The changes were revealed in an internal announcement to M&S staff, seen by Retail Week.

It said: “As we continue to develop our business plans to become a leading international multichannel retailer, the development of our supply chain and our drive for faster, more innovative technology becomes increasingly important and warrants specific focus in each area.

“Darrell has done a tremendous job in driving the huge transformation in our supply chain over the past four years and will now focus on the major role IT will play in delivering our strategic goals.

“These include moving to a new web platform, IT-driven distribution centres and new systems in our GM business.”

Lembregts will join M&S in January. Alex Hatchman, head of food logistics, Andrew Walmsley, head of GM and international logistics, and Tim Owrid, who also joins M&S from SuperGroup in the new year as head of GM strategic network, will all report to Lembregts.