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John Lewis makes senior appointments

John Lewis Partnership has appointed Patrick Lewis to the board as he becomes Partners’ Counsellor, and Gareth Thomas has been appointed retail director.

Lewis, currently retail opertiaons director will become Partners’ Counsellor, who is responsible for making sure that the partnership remains true to its principles and character, in February.

Retail design and development director Gareth Thomas will take on most of Lewis’ responsibilities as retail director, taking on the enlarged role from February 1.

Lewis’ distribution responsibilities will be moved out of retail operations, and come under the remit of Andrea O’Donnell who will take up her new role as commercial director in February.

John Lewis Partnership chairman Charlie Mayfield said: “The partners’ counsellor is a critical role in our organisation and this is reflected in my decision to appoint Patrick to the group executive and to the partnership board. Patrick’s extensive experience in leadership roles will enable him to play a key role in influencing the direction of the Partnership and in ensuring that we pursue our ambitious plans in a way which reflects our unique character and principles.”

John Lewis managing director Andy Street said: “This is a great opportunity to strengthen the business by consolidating these two directorates going forward. As retail director, Gareth will be able to take an overarching and holistic view of all the areas of our physical shops’ operation and take a vital lead in delivering the John Lewis customer experience.”

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