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Ed Connolly promoted to new strategy role at John Lewis

Former John Lewis fashion buying director Ed Connolly has been appointed to the newly created role of director of partnership strategy, working across both the department store chain and Waitrose.

His responsibilities will include shaping and developing the long-term direction and sustainability of the John Lewis Partnership.

Connolly joined John Lewis from Tesco in 2004 as as business development manager, and took over responsibility for the electricals and home technology department in 2011.

He moved to the role of fashion and beauty buying director in June 2014, when interim director Meg Lustman moved to head up Hobbs. 

Connolly was appointed interim trading director of John Lewis in February this year, and Christine Kasoulis moved into the role of fashion buying director.

John Lewis has now revealed that the trading director role will be filled by Simon Coble, deputy zone director for Europe and North America at The Body Shop.

Coble was previously chief executive at Uniqlo for five years and spent 13 years at Arcadia Group, working across a number of brands.

He will take responsibility for the buying and merchandising teams at John Lewis on 15 January 2018. 

John Lewis managing director Paula Nickolds said: “[Simon’s] appointment is an important one for us as we continue to reinvent John Lewis and put the customer at the heart of everything we do, from the design of our truly unique own brand ranges to the experiences we offer our customers that they cannot get anywhere else.”

She added: “I would like to thank Ed for his outstanding contribution during his time leading the trading team, especially in the run up to our peak trading period, and I wish him all the best in his new role.”


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