The appointment of a chief executive at John Lewis Partnership – the first time such a role has existed in the legendary retailer’s history – was a bolt from the blue.
However, coming as it did a day ahead of results likely to show a loss as the retailer attempts a turnaround in tough trading conditions, perhaps the news of Nish Kankiwala’s move from a non-executive director at JLP to leading it should not have been such a surprise.
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