Marks & Spencer has given multichannel executive director Laura Wade-Gery responsibility for UK retail as part of a boardroom shake-up.

The retailer said it was implementing a number of changes to the executive team that would see UK retail and M&S international represented at board level.

Wade-Gery, who headed up before joining M&S in 2011, will assume responsibility for UK retail, on top of her current M& remit. M&S retail director Sacha Berendji will report into her.

Meanwhile, Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne will assume responsibility for the international business, alongside his role as executive director of marketing and business development.

Costas Antimissaris, currently business development director, international, has been appointed international director, replacing Jan Heere who is leaving the business. He will report in to Bousquet-Chavanne.

CFO Alan Stewart has had property added to his responsibilities and Hugo Adams, currently executive assistant to CEO Marc Bolland, has been appointed property director, reporting in to Stewart.  

M&S said the boardroom changes were part of a drive to improve responsibility and accountability across the business.

“We now have the right infrastructure in place to take our business forward, and as we enter the next phase of our plan, we need to make sure our team structures and internal processes allow us to move with pace, simplicity and speed,” said M&S CEO Marc Bolland.