After the departure of previous IT director John Sacher as part of Marks & Spencer's cost-cutting programme last year, Keith Bogg took on the role of divisional director of IT and distribution.
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Last year, Bogg was involved in the group's electronic point of sale (epos) and warehouse software/ hardware upgrades. It is believed Bogg recently asked for a new assignment and was happy to move sideways. Bogg is now heading M&S's e-commerce drive and also managing the company's direct phone catalogue business.
Head of e-commerce Peter Robinson, who has pledged to increase the on-line range of M&S products to 3,000 from the current limited range, will answer to Bogg.
An M&S spokesman said, "We are looking for an IT director who will primarily be responsible for pure IT and business systems, who will be more inward-looking, by looking after the running of the company.
"We are making sure we get the right person, rather than making a rash appointment, so there is no timescale for the appointment."
Until a replacement is found, board director Guy McCracken will be responsible for corporate IT.