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John Lewis Partnership switches up senior management

The John Lewis Partnership has announced a reshuffle of its senior management and finance team.

Director of supply chain strategy at John Lewis, Bérangère Michel, will move into the role of finance director at the department store retailer on September 1, taking over from Rachel Osborne, who is leaving the partnership to join Vodafone.

Michel joined the partnership in April 2008 as group head of financial strategy and was appointed John Lewis’ director of supply chain strategy in October 2011.

Two weeks later, managing director of partnership services, Patrick Lewis, will become group finance director on September 14. He has been with the business since 1994 in various roles including general manager and director of retail operations, before being promoted to his current role in October 2012.

In his tenth year with the business, Waitrose finance director and former John Lewis buying director Tom Athron will move from the supermarket to the partnership board as group development director on October 5. He will be tasked with “considering the future shape of the partnership” as well as seeking out new business opportunities.

Finally, Loraine Woodhouse, acting group finance director, who was finance director at womenswear retailer Hobbs between 2011 and 2013, will become finance director of Waitrose, effective on October 5.

John Lewis Partnership chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said the four appointments mark the next phase in the development of the business, which has 43 John Lewis stores and 338 Waitrose shops across the UK.


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