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Marks & Spencer Appoints New Chief Strategy And Transformation Director

Katie Bickerstaffe, currently a Non-Executive Director of Marks and Spencer Group PLC, will be joining the executive team as Chief Strategy and Transformation Director.

Steve Rowe, CEO, commented, “Katie has been a great help to me and the wider management team in her role as a non-executive director and I am delighted that she will now be part of the executive team. Her experience in leading roles at UK food and non-food retailers and track record of delivering large-scale change will be invaluable as we accelerate our transformation.” 

Katie Bickerstaffe commented, “Marks & Spencer is a fantastic brand with huge potential. I’m really looking forward to working with the management team to step-up the pace of the transformation.”

Katie will take up her role on 27th April. She will serve on the Board and Operating Committee as an Executive Director and will be working four days a week.

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Adventures of Alice. The Private Brand Story.

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A nice Private Brand related blog post from “Adventures of Alice.” Alice is a 24, married living in Edinburgh, Scotland, she grew up in a small town in Virginia graduated from Davidson College. Basically the normal grocery shopper living in overseas and writing a food blog.

I don’t have a problem buying Tesco brand Bran Flakes or Sainsbury’s brand jam, but I think twice about it when I’m in the States, and usually buy the brand names, not store brands. In UK stores, sometimes the only option for an item is the store brand. I feel like it’s the opposite in the USA, that there’s always a brand name, but not always a store brand for every item. Stores like Marks and Spencer ONLY sell their store brand! I’ve seen a lot of blogs with store brand items from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but we didn’t have those stores growing up. We just had Farm Fresh, Food Lion, and Wal-Mart.

Read the entire post: Canned (Tinned) Soups and Brand Names