The promotions of Stuart Machin and Katie Bickerstaffe announced this week mark a significant step in the evolution of the M&S leadership team.
The pair have been named as joint chief operating officers, reporting to chief executive Steve Rowe. In practice, this will see Machin and Bickerstaffe share responsibility for running the day-to-day business leaving Rowe free to concentrate on developing the strategy he hopes will lead the retailer to future growth.
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