An M&S promotion in February had the worst availability Steve Rowe had seen © AFP/Getty Images
An M&S promotion in February had the worst availability Steve Rowe had seen © AFP/Getty Images

M&S appoints new chief supply chain officer

12 December 2019

Marks & Spencer and the US firm behind brands such as Covergirl, Wella and Calvin Klein fragrances have made major senior supply chain appointments.

M&S has hired Paul Babbs from Adidas to be its new chief supply chain officer as it works to revitalise its clothing arm.

Babbs is set to join M&S’s clothing and home division next spring. He joined Adidas in 2007 and has been its chief supply chain officer since July 2017.

M&S’s former clothing and home supply chain and logistics director Gordon Mowat left in September after two years in the role, while former managing director of clothing and home Jill MacDonald left the company in July.

In July 2019, it was announced that group chief executive Steve Rowe would head up the clothing and home supply chain programme at M&S to resolve “long-standing” issues around “availability and flow of product”. 

At the annual shareholders meeting, Rowe explained how a failed jeans promotion in February 2019 had led to the “worst availability” he had seen in his life. 

Meanwhile beauty company Coty has appointed Pascal Baltussen to be global chief procurement officer and a member of Coty’s Executive Committee.

From 1 January he will report to CEO Pierre Laubies. He will be based in Amsterdam. Richard Jones was appointed global chief supply officer on 1 November.

Coty said: “In his new role Pascal Baltussen will lead our procurement team with a strong focus on reducing complexity and costs in order to unlock opportunities for reinvestment and profit expansion. This supports our transformation towards a better and healthier business.”

Baltussen spent the last nine years with Mars, where he was global vice president procurement and sustainability at Mars Wrigley.

In this role he was responsible for all direct and indirect procurement. Coty said he had consistently delivered significant annual savings.

Coty said its procurement function and supply operations were now two dedicated organisations.

It added: “Today’s appointment is an important step in supporting our ongoing transformation and our strategic roadmap for future growth. Reducing complexity and costs will drive operational leadership and unlock opportunities for reinvestment and profit expansion.”

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