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McDonald gets on her bike to join M&S

JillMcDonaldJill McDonald, Halfords ceo is to join Marks & Spencer in the autumn in charge of home, clothing and beauty.

She will become md clothing, home and beauty and will have overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of the chain’s non-food business, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics, and will report directly to Steve Rowe, ceo.
She will be part of the Marks & Spencer operating committee, the team accountable for the day-to-day running of the business and the development and execution of strategy.
As a result of her appointment, Rowe will relinquish his clothing, home and beauty accountabilities to McDonald, and Helen Weir, Marks & Spencer cfo will hand over responsibility for the clothing, home and beauty supply chain and logistics.
‘I am pleased with the progress we have made in clothing and home over the last year and the time is now right for this appointment. Jill is an excellent addition to the M&S senior leadership team and we are delighted that she is joining us. Jill’s first-class customer knowledge and great experience in running dynamic, high achieving teams make her exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery in to growth,’ said Rowe.
‘M&S has a unique, special relationship with its customers and I am very motivated by working closely with customers to drive and shape results. I have long been an M&S customer and professional fan, so working with the brand was a career opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down. I am looking forward to joining Steve and the team later this year to build on the plans that are already underway,’ said McDonald.
McDonald has been ceo at Halfords since May 2015. Before that she was McDonalds ceo, UK and president, North West Division Europe having originally joined as chief marketing officer UK and Northern Europe in 2006. Halfords said she had ‘outstanding business leadership, particularly with regard to customer service and colleague engagement in a consumer facing business.’
On McDonald’s arrival, Jo Jenkins, Marks & Spencer director of womenswear, lingerie and beauty will move to the new role of clothing and beauty director, reporting into McDonald, and with expanded accountabilities for all clothing across womenswear, menswear and kidswear.