Jan Heere has left Marks & Spencer

Jan Heere has left Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer's international director Jan Heere will leave the company shortly, the first of several management changes at the British retailer.

Changes in management 

Heere had been responsible for Marks & Spencer's international expansion, with - among others - its first 6 stores in the Netherlands. He arrived from Inditex merely three years ago and has apparently found employment in Russia. Costas Antimissaris will succeed Heere.

 

There are other huge changes in the day-to-day leadership of the company as Laura Wade-Grey, at present multichannel director, will lead the British Marks & Spencer stores, while Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne (marketing and business development director) will also take charge of the company's international division.

 

Plenty of investments

Over the past few years, Marks & Spencer has spent several billions to increase its international reach and to modernize its online approach. CEO Marc Bolland hopes it will help shed Marks & Spencer's boring British image and turn it into a modern company.

 

"Over the last three years, we have worked hard to transform M&S into an international, multi-channel retailer that is fit for the future of retail. We now have the right infrastructure in place to take our business forward, and as we enter the next phase of our plan, we need to make sure our team structures and internal processes allow us to move with pace, simplicity and speed", CEO Bolland explained the changes.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


EuroCommerce: protectionism, Europe’s greatest challenge

15/09/2017

(Content provided by EuroCommerce) According to EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren, the sector faces many challenges due to a rising tide of protectionism worldwide and within Europe.

Last ten days for cheaper tickets Shoptalk Europe

14/09/2017

(advertorial) Shoptalk Europe (8-11 October in Copenhagen) is the new event for retail and ecommerce innovation. It covers transformational trends, technologies and business models reshaping how consumers discover and shop in an age of digital disruption.

"EU has to define eCommerce's boundaries better"

13/09/2017

Dutch European Parliament member Marietje Schaak feels the European Commission should create a better framework for digital trade in and with European member states. Otherwise, major internet companies will decide the standards themselves, she fears.

Europe wants legal framework for franchisees

13/09/2017

The European Parliament has accepted the “The functioning of franchising in the retail sector” study, which lists several solutions to strengthen a franchisee’s position.

Google appeals European fine after all

12/09/2017

Despite earlier indications that Google would just alter its Google Shopping approach to comply with European legislation, it has now decided to appeal the monster fine.

Experience the future of retail at Paris Retail Week

12/09/2017

(Advertorial) If you want to spot the latest retail trends, go to visit the Paris Retail Week, from 19 until 21 September. It is a trade show, network event and knowledge center with more than 200 freely accessible conferences, keynotes, info sessions and workshops.

Back to top