Move of the Week: People director Nikki Humphrey faces a challenge at JLP

nikki-humphrey-john-lewis_web

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. This is the obvious conclusion to draw from Nikki Humphrey’s decision to leave Virgin Atlantic to become John Lewis Partnership’s new executive director for people.

Both organisations have been beset by challenges brought about by Covid-19 and as bellwethers of their respective industries have faced their every decision being pored over by the media.

Virgin Atlantic, where Humphrey was chief people officer, received negative press at the start of the crisis for asking staff to take eight weeks of unpaid leave in an effort to reduce costs while minimising job losses. It has subsequently confirmed it is letting go of more than 3,000 staff of a total of 10,000.

John Lewis, meanwhile, has been in the spotlight for its decision to shutter eight stores permanently, putting 1,300 jobs at risk.

Subscription content

Please sign in now if you have a subscription or are already registered with us.

Retail Week

Register for free to continue reading

Retail-Week.com provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.

Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:

  • Three free article views per calendar month on Retail-Week.com
  • Detailed analysis of current trends and events 
  • Exclusive newsletters
  • In-depth reports, videos, interviews and much more

Discover Retail Week register now

Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few minutes before your account is updated.