Recruiting non-executives is a process that appears to be working at the John Lewis Partnership.
The group, which comprises John Lewis department stores and the up-market grocer Waitrose, said today that appointing people who provide an external business perspective is having a positive effect on the partnership.
With this in mind, Baroness Sarah Hogg and David Anderson have been drafted in as the latest members of the non-executive director team, joining Jane Tozer and David Barclay who joined the board in 2006.
Hogg is the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council and Senior Independent Director of BG Group, while Anderson is a non-executive director of NFU Mutual Insurance Society, Chairman of the think tank Mutuo and the first Chairman of the newly formed Reclaim Fund.
Anderson was previously CEO of Co-operative Financial Services, where he led the group’s merger with the Britannia Building Society in 2008.
Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said the new appointments will “bring significant commercial and financial experience to the board as well as a heavyweight external perspective to our decision-making”.
“These appointments clearly reflect the positive impact that our first non-executive directors have had upon the partnership and I am very pleased that we have found such high calibre individuals to build on the invaluable work of Tozer and Barclay,” he added.
Fellow retailers Sainsbury’s and Halfords have also added to their non-exec teams, with Google’s UK Managing Director Matt Brittin and ecommerce expert Claudia Arney joining the respective companies in recent weeks.