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Meg Lustman to leave John Lewis as Ed Connolly steps up

Meg Lustman will not renew her contract as fashion buying director at John Lewis, with the department store promoting technology director Ed Connolly into the position, Drapers has learned.

Lustman, who was previously managing director of Warehouse, took on the position as a nine-month contract last November, telling Drapers at the time she would consider extending it to a permanent role at a later date.

However, Drapers has learned she will step down at the end of July. Connolly, who has been technology director for three years, will take on the role at that point and report into buying and brand director Paula Nickolds.

It is not yet known what Lustman’s next role will be.

Nickolds said: “It’s very exciting news for the future of our fashion business that I can confirm the appointment of Ed Connolly to the role of buying director, fashion.

“Ed has transformed the way customers think about tech at John Lewis, overseeing three years of double digit growth and taking our market share to just under 10%. It is exactly this kind of vision, leadership and understanding of our customers which will create the step change our fashion business now needs.”

Connolly is being replaced by head of buying for electricals Jonathan Marsh, who has also been at John Lewis for three years and “has been an integral part of the success of the EHT [electricals, home and technology] team,” Nickolds said.

Lustman’s departure will come months after the surprise exit of head of buying for womenswear Jo Hooper.

Readers' comments (2)

  • You just couldn't make it up! What a ridiculous appointment. Now 2 people who know zero about fashion!

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  • What is going on inside this COMPANY so many talented and respected people are leaving. Please we need passion in fashion not robots with spread sheets they are 2 a penny. Just look around and you can see where A certain company not too far away have gone wrong, its about product and understanding your customers!

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