Wicks steps down at John Lewis

Pippa Wicks, John Lewis executive director is to leave the retailer after less than three years in the job.

The chain says the move comes after a ‘a period of considerable transformation of the John Lewis brand.’

Wicks joined the chain in August 2020. She had previously been Co-op deputy ceo. 

Pippa has been succeeded by Naomi Simcock, John Lewis retail director on an interim basis. The chain says she will lead the delivery of the 2023 plan and priorities for the brand.

‘I am proud of the considerable transformational progress the highly talented John Lewis team has made over the past few years, especially given the difficulties caused by the pandemic. It has been a real privilege and honour to work for the Partnership, and help transform John Lewis which is one of the most respected brands in the country,’ says Wicks.

‘I am very grateful for Pippa’s contribution to John Lewis. She has been instrumental in reinvigorating the brand, launching our successful ANYDAY entry range, refreshing the John Lewis own brand range and repositioning John Lewis “for all life’s moments”. Under Pippa’s stewardship John Lewis has reported record sales and was recently recognised as the UK’s best retail brand for customer service,’ says Sharon White, John Lewis Partnership chairman.

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