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New Retail Director for Waitrose

Embargoed to 12 noon, 1 March 2016

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Waitrose today announced that Ben Stimson will become Retail Director on 27 March 2016, moving into the role vacated by Rob Collins who becomes Managing Director on 4 April following the departure of Mark Price to become Minister of State for Trade & Investment.

Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, and has held a number of senior roles in both John Lewis and Waitrose. He is currently a member of the John Lewis Management Board and, immediately prior to that, he had been Director of Retail Operations at Waitrose for two years from 2013.

Rob Collins said: 'Ben is a talented individual who has already made a great contribution to the Partnership. He'll be a terrific Retail Director and an effective member of the Waitrose Management Board.'

After graduating, Ben worked as a management consultant and from 2001 - 2009 he held a number of senior marketing and communications positions at Sky. Ben has been on the Board of the Nationwide Building Society's charitable Foundation since 2008 and became Chair in 2012. He lives in Teddington, Middlesex with his wife and two young children.


Notes to editors

Waitrose - winner of the best Supermarket¹ and Best Food and Grocery Retailer² awards - currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 62 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It 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.  Waitrose also exports its products to 51 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose's omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine, and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer surevey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards


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