Marks and spencer logo

High street retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed that executive director of multi-channel Laura Wade-Gery will depart the company at the end of September 2016.

Laura, who has been with M&S for five years, will step down from the board with immediate effect and has agreed her exit following her maternity leave.

Commenting on the announcement, Robert Swannell, chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Laura very much for the significant contribution she has made in her five years at M&S.

“Laura has been a valued member of the Board and instrumental in the improvement and modernisation of our ecommerce and multi-channel capabilities. We wish her all the very best for the future.”

Steve Rowe, chief executive, added: “Laura has been a great colleague and has achieved much in her role heading our multi-channel business. I am grateful to Laura for her contribution and she leaves M&S with my personal thanks and best wishes.”

Laura said: “I have had five very happy years at M&S. I’ve been away from the business for a year now, and that time has seen some significant changes in both my personal life and in the business. I concluded that the time was right to move on from M&S. I wish Steve and all my colleagues and friends every success.”