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Published on June 6th, 2019 | by The GC Team

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Ofcom boss appointed Chairman of John Lewis Partnership

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed of Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, the UK’s communications services regulator, to succeed Sir Charlie Mayfield when he steps down early next year.

Prior to joining Ofcom, White was Second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing the public finances, and previously held Board level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development.

She has also worked as an adviser at the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a senior economist at the World Bank.

Sir Charlie Mayfield joined the Partnership in March 2000 and became the fifth Chairman in March 2007. Commenting on White’s appointment, he said: “I readily recognise that Sharon is not the conventional retail choice. But these are not conventional retail times, nor is the Partnership a conventional company.”

Sir Charlie described White, who will be paid £990,000 in her new role, as “an inspirational leader with the personal and professional skills to ensure the Partnership continues to innovate and change while at the same time retaining and strengthening our distinctive character and democratic vitality.”

White said that John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners are not merely British retail icons, but “a model of a better way to do business.”

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