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John Lewis retail director exits

John Lewis retail director Gareth Thomas has taken early retirement from the department store group after 30 years at the retailer.

In a statement John Lewis said: “After 30 years at John Lewis, 10 of those as a member of the John Lewis management board, Gareth has decided that it is now time for him to have a complete change.

“He intends to take a break from working full time and devote more of his life to his family and outside interests, one of which is his work for Save The Children, a charity which is close to his heart.”

John Lewis managing director Andy Street said he wished Gareth “every happiness and success in the future”. He said: “We will miss his leadership and insight enormously, and value the strong legacy he leaves behind him.”

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