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John Lewis appoints H&M leasing manager to drive store openings

John Lewis has appointed H&M's leasing manager Holly Ledson to help drive store openings. Ledson joins as acquisitions and development manager on April 2. The department store group plans to open up to 20 new stores in a bid to double turnover by 2017. The retailer was expected to announce profits of more than £300 million as Drapers went to press.