Name: Roger Holmes Position: Managing director, UK retail Company: Marks & Spencer The job: M&S is hoping that Holmes will dig its UK retail operation out of the ever-deepening hole it has been floundering in. The former Kingfisher director will be responsible for all aspects of the business, operations and management of seven customer business units, functional heads and stores. Background: Finally, the New Year looks a little brighter for M&S. Holmes is due to take up his post on January 1 after spending a month haggling with Kingfisher over his departure date. At one point Kingfisher threatened to hold Holmes to his 12-month contract. At the root of Kingfisher chief executive Sir Geoff Mulcahy's anger was that Holmes' decision to quit was made only days before his boss was due to take the wraps off plans to demerge Woolworths and Superdrug. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}