Marks & Spencer India makes two new appointments

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Marks & Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd (Marks & Spencer India) has announced two new appointments to its leadership team. James Munson joins as the new head of retail and marketing, while Maneesh Gaur as the head of property and projects. Martin Jones, CEO, Marks & Spencer India, said, “India is an important market for Marks & Spencer; its large population and economic growth present us with our huge opportunity. Munson’s and Gaur’s keen business acumen and retail expertise will add great value to our business and help support our growth in India.”

A seasoned retail professional with over 14 years of experience in the industry, Munson joined Marks & Spencer UK in 2006 as an experienced manager from BHS.

Commenting on his appointment, Munson said, “I am very pleased to be joining Marks & Spencer India at a time when there is great opportunity for us to build a leadership position in the market. Marks & Spencer is an iconic retailer with a high quality, great value product offer. Our core brand values of quality, value, service, innovation and trust are as important to us in India today as they were when Marks & Spencer was founded in the UK over 125 years ago. I look forward to being a part of the team that will continue to build this unique brand in the Indian market.”

Gaur brings to Marks & Spencer two decades of experience in formulating business expansion strategies and legal negotiations for different retail formats across a number of Indian cities. He joins Marks & Spencer after a six-year period at Shoppers Stop.

Commenting on his new role at Marks & Spencer India, Maneesh said, “I’m thrilled to be at Marks & Spencer India, especially at a time when we are seeing the Indian retail market come of age and attract an increasing amount of interest. Marks & Spencer has great momentum in the Indian market and I look forward to helping to build a strong presence here.”

Marks & Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd is the joint venture formed in April 2008 between Marks & Spencer and Reliance Retail. The company operates 19 stores in India.

– IndiaRetailing Bureau

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