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.