The John Lewis Partnership has named Paula Nickolds as the new managing director of its eponymous department store chain.
Effective from January 2017, Nickolds replaces Andy Street, who stepped down last month to pursue a political career as a Conservative MP.
Nickolds joined the Partnership in 1994 as a graduate trainee in John Lewis’ Oxford St flagship in London. She held a number of senior roles before joining the John Lewis management board as buying and brand director in 2013.
Her most recent role was as commercial director, where she was responsible for innovation in John Lewis’s product assortment and the look and feel of its shops.
John Lewis Partnership chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield welcomed Nickolds to the role.
“At a time of transformation in the retail sector, Paula’s progressive and dynamic leadership is just what’s needed for the next phase of modern retailing,” he said.
Nickolds said: “I am immensely excited to lead John Lewis on the next stage of our journey.”
Dino Rocos will be the interim lead director responsible for John Lewis operations between 28th October and Nickolds’ start date.