John Lewis has appointed Dino Rocos as operations director, with responsibility for distribution and merchandising.

Rocos, who has worked at the John Lewis Partnership since 1977, will report in to managing director Andy Street.

Rocos will take up the board-level position on August 2 from his current role as director, distribution which he has held since 2005.

Street said: “I am extremely pleased that Dino will be joining the John Lewis Management Board as operations director, bringing 33 years of retailing experience. Having led the transformation of our distribution function, Dino is perfectly placed to ensure distribution and merchandising work together seamlessly.”

Rocos said: “I am thrilled about this new opportunity. Distribution has seen a lot of change and innovation recently, not least with the opening of our semi-automated distribution centre in Magna Park. I am looking forward to bringing distribution and merchandising closer together, a link that will deliver a number of benefits to our customers and our operation.”