// John Lewis executive director Pippa Wicks resigns from her role
// John Lewis said her departure followed “a period of considerable transformation of the John Lewis brand”
John Lewis executive director Pippa Wicks is set to depart from her role at the department store chain.
The resignation comes as Wicks approaches three years at John Lewis, where she was responsible for turning the business around.
John Lewis said her departure followed “a period of considerable transformation of the John Lewis brand”.
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Wicks was previously the deputy chief executive at Co-op, where she was responsible for initiatives including the launch of the Anyday value range.
She will be replaced with immediate effect on an interim basis by Naomi Simcock, John Lewis’ retail director.
John Lewis Partnership chair, Sharon White said: “I am very grateful for Pippa’s contribution to John Lewis. She has been instrumental in reinvigorating the brand, launching our successful Anyday entry range, refreshing the John Lewis own brand range and repositioning John Lewis ‘for all life’s moments’.
“Under Pippa’s stewardship, John Lewis has reported record sales and was recently recognised as the UK’s best retail brand for customer service.”
Wicks said: “I am proud of the considerable transformational progress the highly talented John Lewis team has made over the past few years, especially given the difficulties caused by the pandemic.
“It has been a real privilege and honour to work for the partnership and help transform John Lewis, which is one of the most respected brands in the country.”