Marks & Spencer (M&S) has named Alan Stewart, a former finance director at WH Smith, as its new finance chief. Stewart, who is currently finance director of aircraft leasing company AWAS, will join M&S at the end of October, replacing Ian Dyson who is leaving M&S to become chief executive of Punch Taverns. He worked at WH Smith from 2005 to 2008, helping to implement the recovery plan of chief executive Kate Swann. Stewart also spent seven years at leisure group Thomas Cook and, before that, nine years as an investment banker at HSBC. Marc Bolland, chief executive of M&S, said: “Alan has an impressive track record and will be joining us with extensive experience of retail and other highly competitive industries including travel and banking.”