John Lewis under fire for lack of diversity in top ranks

John Lewis

John Lewis has come under criticism for having just six managers across its 158-strong UK-based management team who aren’t white.

The department store retailer currently has three people of colour in its executive team - chair Sharon White, her first appointment Nina Bhatia, who is acting as chief strategy officer, and Bérangère Michel, who helms customer service. 

A spokesman for the retailer told The Guardian that there are three other non-white managers across the business, but declined to name them.

White pledged to increase diversity at John Lewis when she joined the business at the beginning of this year, and said that although the retail group  “was formed with equality for all at its very heart and we know we still have work to do to become a more diverse and inclusive workplace.”

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