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Peter Ruis leaves John Lewis

Peter Ruis has announced his departure from John Lewis to become chief executive of Jigsaw

Ruis, who has worked at the department store for nine years, will be succeeded by Paula Nickolds as buying and brand director.

Peter Ruis said: “To work with John Lewis and its proposition during a period of such dynamic change has been a wonderful privilege. As the brand implements the exciting plans it has for the next few years I know that Paula will build on this momentum, maintaining innovation and creativity at its very core.”

Nickolds will replace Ruis in the role on September 1, moving from her current role as buying director for John Lewis’ home division.

She will join the John Lewis management board, reporting to managing director Andy Street, and will take on the leadership of the home, fashion and technology buying teams, as well as marketing, brand development, brand creative, retail design, design studios, visual merchandising and sourcing.

Andy Street, managing director at John Lewis, said Nickolds was “ideally placed to drive forward the brand, design and customer experience” at the department store.

He added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Ruis for nine years of outstanding contribution. Peter has revolutionised our fashion, home and technology offer and led our marketing team to its first ever Cannes Lion win. We will all be sad to see him go and wish him the very best of luck for his new role.”

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