John Lewis Partnership has appointed Keith Williams as non-executive deputy chairman, succeeding Mark Price who will leave the business on April 4.
Williams joined the John Lewis Partnership board as a non-executive director in March 2014 and has agreed to extend his term in that role for a further two years.
He is currently executive chairman of British Airways and is retiring from his role on March 31. He joined the airline in 1998 and became chief executive in 2011. He previously held roles at firms including Apple and Boots, and is also independent non-executive director of Transport for London.
“I’m delighted Keith has agreed to take up the role of deputy chairman,” said Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. “In the two years since his appointment to the board he has made a valuable contribution to the partnership and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Price announced he was stepping down from his role as deputy chairman of the group and managing director of Waitrose in October last year. He is set to become a Foreign Office trade minister from next month.