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    John Lewis Partnership names ex-Tesco exec Jason Tarry as next chairman

    Jason Tarry

    John Lewis Partnership  said on Monday it had appointed former Tesco executive Jason Tarry as its next chairman following Sharon White’s decision to step down from the role.

    Tarry, who has 33 years of retail experience at Tesco including six as the supermarket’s UK & Ireland boss, will take up the role in September, John Lewis said.

    He said it was a “great privilege” to succeed White as the seventh chairman of the employee-owned company that runs John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, adding that he looks forward to working closely with Nish Kankiwala, the partnership’s chief executive

    “The Partnership is unique and I’ve long been an admirer of the employee-ownership model, its values and Partner-led customer service. This starts with a sharp focus on being brilliant retailers for customers and investing in growth,” Tarry.

    “I’m looking forward to working with the Board, Nish and the Executive Team to deliver its clear strategy.” 

    Sharon White said: “I’m delighted to be handing over to Jason, who has a combination of fantastic retail experience with leadership through transformation. From my many conversations with Jason, he has demonstrated a clear appreciation for the Partnership model and champions it. I look forward to welcoming him to the Partnership in September and carrying out a smooth handover. 

    “I also want to thank Partners for their commitment and hard work; it’s been a huge privilege to be Chairman and I’m proud of what everyone has achieved. We’ve built the foundations for a stronger Partnership and I’m confident that Jason will take it from strength to strength.”  

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