John Lewis Partnership appoints Rita Clifton as deputy chairman
The John Lewis Partnership has hired Rita Clifton CBE as its next deputy chairman.
Due to join the John Lewis partnership board in February, she will succeed Keith Williams who stepped down from the board in April after six years.
Earlier in her career, Clifton was vice chairman and strategy director at Saatchi & Saatchi and was also London chairman at the Interbrand the global brand consultancy.
She currently holds non-executive roles with Nationwide Building Society and Ascential, but stepped down from the board of ASOS earlier this year after serving for six years. She has also previously held non-executive roles at Dixons Retail, Emap, Bupa and Populus Group.
Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that Rita is joining the partnership as deputy chairman. She brings a wealth of leadership experience across an impressive career. Rita is a perfect fit for the partnership and we’ll benefit greatly from her deep expertise in brand strategy and retail. I’m very grateful to Andy Martin who has done a fantastic job as our interim deputy chairman.”
After Clifton joins the board, Martin will continue as a non-executive director of the partnership and as chair of the audit and risk committee.
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