Department store group John Lewis has named Simon Fowler as Managing Director (MD) of its flagship store on Oxford Street, effective from March 6th.
The move is part of a management reshuffle at the company prompted by the imminent opening of the company’s store in Stratford, east London.
Fowler will take charge of the central London store, having held the same position at John Lewis Peter Jones for the last two years, while his predecessor Noel Saunders has been named MD of the Stratford outlet ahead of its September opening.
The Oxford Street MD said: “I am very excited at this opportunity to lead our flagship shop which has traded in the heart of central London for nearly 150 years.
“John Lewis Oxford Street maintains a very special place in the heart of the John Lewis Partnership and I feel privileged to take the helm of our largest and most high profile shop.”
John Lewis Stratford is expected to play a key role in the regeneration of a deprived part of the UK’s capital, and will be an anchor tenant of the Westfield Stratford development that is set to serve millions of visitors during the 2012 Olympic Games.
As official partner of the Games John Lewis’s network of stores will be selling merchandise related to the event, and a selection of products went on sale last month.
Fowler added: “John Lewis Oxford Street will play a large part in supporting this as well as continuing to offer customers great value on a full range of quality products and services.”