M&S appoints Halfords' chief to take on embattled clothing arm

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Marks and Spencer (M&S) has poached Halfords chief executive Jill McDonald to head up its embattled clothing arm.

Formerly chief executive of McDonald's UK (although no relation to its founders...), McDonald moved to Halfords in 2015. She will remain in her role at the retailer until October this year.

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At M&S, she will take over from chief executive Steve Rowe, who has been overseeing the business' clothing department while M&S searched for a replacement.

Halfords' share price fell 2.8 per cent on the news of McDonald's departure.

McDonald said: "Halfords is a great company with a fantastic team of people throughout the business, making my decision to leave all the more difficult.

"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."

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