New boss for retailer

Nickolds sees off Murphy for John Lewis role

paula-nickolds-2John Lewis has appointed commercial director Paula Nickolds as managing director to replace Andy Street who is stepping down after nine years.

Ms Nickolds secured the role against competition from group productivity director Andrew Murphy who is chairman of the Scottish Retail Consortium and former head of John Lewis Edinburgh.

Other candidates are thought to have included retail director Mark Lewis and group development director Tom Athron.

Ms Nickolds, who will take over in January as the Partnership’s first female CEO, joined the company in 1994 as a graduate trainee at its Oxford Street store.

Mr Street has chosen to run as Conservative candidate for mayor of the West Midlands.

Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said: “At a time of transformation in the retail sector, Paula’s progressive and dynamic leadership is just what’s needed for the next phase of modern retailing.”

Operations director Dino Rocos will be responsible for the retailer’s operations on an interim basis until Ms Nickolds’ start date.


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