Store chain seeking to improve performance
Murphy takes bigger role in top level shake-up at John Lewis
The employee-owned group said Murphy (right), department stores retail director since 2010, will become productivity director across the network. He is regarded by some retail analysts as the heir apparent to managing director Andy Street. He will look at organisational structure and financial strategy.
His job as retail director will be taken by Mark Lewis, who will retain his responsibilities as online director. Operations boss Dino Rocos will take on extra responsibilities for omni channel, and buying and brand director Paula Nickolds has been promoted to commercial director. Head of marketing Craig Inglis will become customer director and is elevated to the board.
Mr Street, managing director, said: “These important changes to the John Lewis management team place the customer at the heart of our decision making. The new John Lewis management composition will ensure we continue to lead omni channel retailing in the UK.”
Chairman, Sir Charlie Mayfield (left), added: “The rapid rate of change in retail is set to continue and therefore the time is right for us to develop the thinking that will help sustain the partnership in the next generation and I am delighted that Andrew has agreed to take up this new role.
“His appointment is part of the plans we are putting in place to deliver the Partnership’s strategy in the next five years and follows the announcement of Tom Athron’s appointment as group development director in June 2015.”
The changes come ahead of John Lewis’s half year results on Thursday. Sales fell 3.4% in the week to 29 August, representing the fourth consecutive week of declines against the previous year.
Mr Murphy is currently chairman of the Scottish Retail Consortium, a post he has held since last December, and of the UK China Visa Alliance. He is a director of London First which represents the capital’s leading employers in key sectors.
He was managing director of the John Lewis stores in Aberdeen and Edinburgh for five years until taking up his current position.
He was also an advisory board member of Co-operative Development Scotland for two years, a non-executive director of Edinburgh Leisure and, before that, chairman of Aberdeen City Centre Association.