A senior M&S boss has quit less than a month after she started her job

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The boss of Marks & Spencer's clothing and beauty division has stepped down from her role less than a month after she started the job.

Jo Jenkins, who joined M&S as director of womenswear, lingerie and beauty in 2013, was appointed to the newly-created job as director of clothing and beauty in May, and started her new role earlier this month.

However, it was reported today that she had been poached by retailer White Stuff as its chief executive.

A spokesperson for M&S said the company was "delighted" for Jenkins.

"She’s been a real talent here at M&S, which is reflected in the progress she has made both professionally and for the business.

"Becoming CEO at a company like White Stuff is a natural next step for her. We wish her all the very best with her new role."

The news comes as M&S continues to struggle to improve sales in its clothing division: in July figures showed while revenues for the business as a whole had risen 2.7 per cent in its first quarter, sales in its clothing and home division had fallen 0.5 per cent to £852m, while like for like sales fell 1.2 per cent.

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