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Published on April 1st, 2021 | by The GC Team


Bread man joins John Lewis board

The John Lewis Partnership has announced the appointment of Nish Kankiwala, the current Chief Executive of Hovis, to its Board as a Non-Executive Director, succeeding Laura Wade-Gery, who steps down when her term ends on 30 April 2021.

Kankiwala has 40 years’ experience in retail and consumer brands such as PepsiCo, Unilever and Burger King, and also spent a part of his career within private equity-led businesses. He joined Hovis in 2014 as Chairman – before taking on the role of CE five years ago – where he led the transformation of the brand. 

The Hovis business has over 130 years of heritage.

He is a Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Fellow at University College London, where he graduated in Chemical Engineering.

JLP Chairman Sharon White said Kankiwala brings “a wealth of experience in retail and fast-moving consumer markets. He’s led well-known global brands and ones with rich heritage and trust like the Partnership.” 

“The Partnership is a business I’ve long admired for its unique ethos and its special brands,” Kankiwala added.  

“The business now has a significant opportunity to play an even bigger role in its customers’ lives. I’m looking forward to working closely with the Board and supporting the Partnership.”

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