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Marks & Spencer has ousted its clothes and residential boss, Jill McDonald, who spent two years making an attempt to show across the struggling division.

Chief govt Steve Rowe will take over from Ms McDonald within the brief time period.

He stated the agency wanted to “deal with long-standing points in our clothes and residential provide chain round availability and movement of product”.

Ms McDonald had earlier roles at Halfords and McDonald’s.

“Her lack of talent in garments shopping for and provide chain seems to be the issue. However then the issue existed earlier than she joined, did not it?” World Information retail analyst Maureen Hinton tweeted.

Ms McDonald joined the corporate in autumn 2017.

Jill McDonald’s appointment got here as a shock.

The previous boss of Halfords had been parachuted into one of many trickiest jobs in retail with no trend expertise.

We have been instructed she’d been employed for her “first-class buyer information” and expertise in operating high-achieving groups. Ultimately, that wasn’t sufficient.

Marks & Spencer nonetheless hasn’t mounted the fundamentals in relation to its all-important clothes enterprise.

Availability, as an example, continues to be an enormous situation. It is clear she hasn’t been in a position to transfer shortly sufficient to deal with its long-running issues.

Now chief govt Steve Rowe has taken direct management of this division once more till a successor could be discovered.