The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Michael Herlihy as its new partnership secretary, replacing Keith Hubber, who left in January after three years at the firm.
Herlihy, who joins the parent company of John Lewis and Waitrose on April 16, joins from Smiths Group, where he was general counsel for 10 years and headed up its group legal function.
He spent 26 years in a variety of roles at Imperial Chemical Industries, including group taxation controller, general counsel and executive vice president, mergers and acquisitions.
A solicitor by trade, he has also held a variety of non-executive roles, including that of senior independent director at Imperial Brands.
“This new title reflects the responsibilities Michael will take on for the duties previously carried out by Keith Hubber in the role of general counsel, leading both the legal directorate and company secretariat,” John Lewis Partnership chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield said.
Herlihy added: “I am excited to be joining the partnership. Having admired its brands and values for many years, it is a privilege to be invited to build on the good work already done by Keith Hubber and his team and to support the chairman, partnership board and executive team in the next phase of the partnership’s development.”