Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, is to take the reins as chair of the British Retail Consortium this autumn.
Mayfield will start his term of office as vice chair in May and then take over as chair. Sir Ian Cheshire stands down at the end of September after a two year term.
Sir Charlie Mayfield has been chairman of John Lewis Partnership since 2007. He is also chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He previously served in the British Army as an officer.
In 2000, he joined the John Lewis Partnership as head of business development. He was appointed to the board one year later as development director and was appointed managing director of John Lewis in 2005.
Mayfield will begin as chairman of BRC in September 2014 and will give the keynote address at the BRC’s annual dinner.
Helen Dickinson, director general, said: ”The experience and leadership he brings will be essential as we continue to represent retail at its best. We owe a very large debt of thanks to Ian for his guidance, insight and support as our chair, during which time the BRC has undergone yet further transformation. We are especially grateful for Ian’s support for the retail industry’s business rates campaign which goes from strength to strength.