Luke Mayhew, the former managing director of John Lewis and former chairman of young fashion chain Bank, has been appointed chairman of the British Retail Consortium.
Luke Mayhew will replace Sir Geoff Mulcahy in the role from May 1.
Mayhew is currently chairman of Pets at Home and a non-executive director of WHSmith. He was chairman of Bank, which is now owned by JD Sports Fashion, until the end of 2007.
Prior to this Mayhew was managing director of John Lewis for five years and was on the board of John Lewis Partnership for 13 years.
BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Luke Mayhew as the new Chairman of the British Retail Consortium. Luke brings a wide background of retail leadership together with an excellent understanding of how government and the media work. I look forward to working with him during these challenging times for retail.”
“I would also like to pay tribute to Sir Geoff Mulcahy. The BRC has greatly gained from his vast retail knowledge during his three year chairmanship. He has helped to build an outstanding organisation to serve the retail sector.”