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John Lewis Partnership appointment of new non-executive directors

Friday 7 February 2014


The John Lewis Partnership announces that Denis Hennequin and Keith Williams are to join the Board of John Lewis Partnership plc on 1 March 2014 as non-executive directors.

The Partnership announced on 26 July 2013 that David Barclay, formerly the Partnership's Deputy Chairman, would be retiring as a non-executive director on 28 February 2014. While Baroness Hogg's term as a non-executive director also comes to an end in February 2014, she has kindly agreed to remain on the Board for a further six months to provide continuity. Baroness Hogg has therefore agreed not to retire until September 2014.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: 'I would like to thank David for the hugely important contribution he has made to the Partnership and would like to thank Sarah for being willing to extend her term as a non-executive director to ensure a smooth transition for our new directors and the Board.'

Denis Hennequin began his career at McDonald's, becoming President of McDonald's Europe in 2005 where he was responsible for 6,600 restaurants in 40 countries. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor, the worldwide hotel group, until 2013. He became a non-executive director of Eurostar in 2012.

Keith Williams is Executive Chairman of British Airways. Keith joined the airline in 1998 and became Chief Executive in 2011. Prior to joining British Airways he worked for a range of major corporations including Reckitt and Coleman, Apple Computer Inc and Boots.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said: 'I am delighted that Denis and Keith have agreed to join the Board. They have a wealth of experience to bring to the Partnership and I very much look forward to working with them.'


Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 40 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and ten John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com, 303 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad.  The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn.  It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 85,500 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Retailer of the Year 2013'¹ , 'The Nation's Best Retailer'² and 'Best Retailer 2013'³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores.  The website stocks over 250,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com).  John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2013
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2013
³ Which? Awards 2013

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:

www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Waitrose - Waitrose, Britain's favourite supermarket*, has 303 shops in the UK and Channel Islands and is consistently achieving sales growth significantly ahead of the market**. Its strong performance has been driven by the success of the essential Waitrose range, Brand Price Match, an unmatchable top tier of products and free delivery for online shopping, as well as a long term commitment to sourcing the UK's finest local and regional foods. Waitrose combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced combined with high standards of customer service.(www.waitrose.com)

* Which? Annual Supermarket Satisfaction Survey, Favourite Food & Grocery Retailer at Verdict's annual Consumer Satisfaction Awards; Favourite Supermarket at Good Housekeeping Awards
**Kantar World panel

You can follow Waitrose on the following social media channels:

www.facebook.com/waitrose
www.twitter.com/waitroseuk

www.twitter.com/waitrosewine
www.youtube.com/waitrose.


Enquiries

For further information, please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Andrew Moys, Director of Communications
Telephone: 020 7592 6292

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571