Waitrose boss Mark Price is being considered for the role of interim chairman of Channel 4.
Price is an active businessman: in addition to his role at the upmarket grocer, he is also Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, as well as Deputy Chair at Channel 4. According to Sky News, he is poised to take on the role of Active Chairman at the broadcaster when current Chairman Lord Burns steps down next year.
The job is currently being advertised, although Price is in line as a backup measure in case the recruitment process takes too long. The advertisement calls for someone who can “guide the organisation through a period of substantial change in the sector.”
Price started his career with the John Lewis Partnership as a graduate trainee in 1982, before progressing to John Lewis store manager in High Wycombe and Cheadle. In 2005, he joined the John Lewis Partnership Board taking on responsibility for strategy as Development Director. In April 2007, the then Managing Director Steven Esom left the Partnership and Price was appointed as his replacement. At the time Waitrose had 183 stores, and within six years this number had increased to 300.
In 2013 it was announced that in addition to his position at Waitrose he would become Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, replacing David Barclay who had held the position since 2006.
Given his varying commitments, it is unlikely that Price would be able to take on the role as chairman full time.