M&S appoints director to lead international expansion

Marks & Spencer has appointed Jan Heere as its new director of international to lead the international growth plans the retailer outlined in November.

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Heere joins from fashion retailer Inditex, which operates chains such as Zara and Bershka, where he is currently general manager of Russia.

He will report directly to M&S CEO Marc Bolland as a member of the company’s management committee.

Bolland has previously outlined plans to transform M&S “from a UK multi-channel retailer to an international multi-channel retailer” by 2015.

The retailer aims to grow international sales from circa £500m this year to £1bn by 2014.

M&S will particularly focus on emerging markets in India and China to put more emphasis on its franchise partners to drive growth.

M&S is also terminating its relationship with Amazon, which hosts its online platform, in 2013 in favour of building its own more flexible platform to accelerate online growth.

M&S reported a 4.5% festive sales increase at international stores for the 13 weeks to 1 January, which it said reflected a good performance across most markets.

Marks & Spencer currently has more than 350 stores in 42 territories around the world, including Russia, Turkey, China and India.

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