UK supermarkets giant Sainsbury’s has announced that former John Lewis MD Paula Nickolds is to join the business in June as General Merchandise and Clothing Commercial Director and become a member of its operating board.
John Lewis Partnership announced Wednesday that Pippa Wicks is joining its department stores chain as Executive Director. She’s joining in August from the Co-operative Group where she was Deputy Chief Executive.
John Lewis is working on plans to reopen its department stores in May and is also said to be considering taking on an outside partner to finance a big move into services and away from such a strong reliance on retail.
Sharon White, who took over the helm at the retail group just two weeks ago, said in an interview with the group's in-house magazine that she will review the new corporate structure before more changes take effect.
John Lewis had a shock announcement on Thursday with news that Paula Nickolds will be leaving the business next month. But less of a surprise was the fact that festive trading figures were down, albeit not by much.
John Lewis Partnership has confirmed plans to axe a third of its senior management head office roles as it looks to integrate the teams behind its John Lewis department store and Waitrose grocery chain.