John Lewis poaches new people director from Post Office

John Lewis
// John Lewis hires new executive director for people
// Lisa Cherry will join the retail giant in early September

John Lewis has hired a new executive director for people to “develop and deliver the people strategy” for the partnership.

Lisa Cherry will join the retail giant in early September. She replaces Nikki Humphrey who is to rejoin the Virgin Group.

Cherry, who is currently group chief people officer for the Post Office, has more than 20 years’ experience working in large retailers in both operational and HR leadership roles.


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“Lisa will continue to develop and deliver the people strategy for the Partnership’s 78,000 Partners, all co-owners in the business”, John Lewis said.

“She will lead our work to create a people proposition that rewards and develops our Partners, provides exceptional health and wellbeing support and improves our diversity and inclusion, so we reflect the communities we serve.”

John Lewis chair Sharon White added: “She brings a wealth of experience and an impressive background in retail. Lisa has a strong sense of purpose, which makes her a great fit for the Partnership.

“Nikki’s made a major contribution to the Partnership, working tirelessly to set the foundations for a modern, more relevant Partner proposition informed by Partners. I’m sad to see Nikki move on and she will be missed by Partners right across the business.”

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