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Andy Martin to join the John Lewis Partnership Board

Friday 13 July 2018


The John Lewis Partnership today announced the appointment of Andy Martin as a Non-Executive Director of the Partnership Board and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Andy succeeds Baroness Sarah Hogg who joined the Partnership Board in 2011 and whose term of office ended on 30 June 2018. Andy brings a wealth of experience having worked as a Chartered Accountant and was until 2015, Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe and Japan, for Compass Group plc, having previously been their Group Finance Director from 2004 to 2012. Before joining Compass Group, Andy was Group Finance Director at First Choice Holidays plc and prior to that held a number of senior finance roles at Granada Group plc.

Since 2011, Andy has been a Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc, chairing their Finance Committee, and in 2016 became a Non-Executive Director at Intertek Group plc and Chair of their Audit Committee and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of global specialist recruitment company, Hays plc in 2017.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, said: 'I am incredibly pleased that Andy will be joining the Partnership Board. Andy's wealth of business and financial experience will complement the strength of the Board and we are looking forward to his input in shaping the continued development of our It's Your Business 2028 strategy. I would also like to personally thank Baroness Hogg for the valuable contribution she has made to the Partnership over the past seven years.'

The Partnership Board has three Non-Executive Directors who are chosen because of their independence, external business experience and the different perspective they bring. Andy now joins Keith Williams who is also Deputy Chairman of the Partnership Board and Laura Wade-Gery. To preserve their independence they do not form part of the executive management team and they are not Partners.


Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership operates 50 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 353 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11.5bn. It is the UK's largest example of an employee-owned business where all 85,500 staff are Partners in the business.

Waitrose has 353 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 65 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 products to more than 50 countries worldwide and has nine 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, waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers and waitrosegifts.com for gifts. In recent months, Waitrose has been awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming 'Best Retailer Award', Soil Association's 'Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017' and The Drinks Business' 'Retail Buying Team of the Year Award'.

John Lewis operates 50 John Lewis shops across the UK (36 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. The retailer stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and on  johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology.  This year John Lewis won, 'Best Multichannel Retailer 2018', 'Best Clothing Retailer 2018', and 'Best Furniture Retailer 2018' at the GlobalData Customer Satisfaction Awards 2018.  John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

*GlobalData Retail Customer Satisfaction Awards 2018

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For further information please contact:

Clayton Hirst, Group Head of Corporate Affairs
Email: clayton.hirst@johnlewis.co.uk
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