High street heavyweight John Lewis Partnership has appointed a senior executive from the Co-op Group to run its department stores.
The firm is bringing in Co-op deputy chief executive Pippa Wicks in August to oversee trading, merchandising and marketing at its John Lewis sites as retailers adapt to the “new normal” of socially distanced post-pandemic shopping.
She will succeed Paula Nickolds, who left in January with a near-£1m payout following weak sales over Christmas.
Ms Nickolds worked at the partnership for 25 years, becoming the first female managing director in the department chain’s 152-year history in 2016.
Before her departure