Ofcom boss named new chairwoman of John Lewis Partnership on £990,000 in basic salary a year


Sharon White joined Ofcom in March 2015 from the Treasury, where she was a senior civil servant in charge of public finances.
Photograph: Ofcom

New era at John Lewis as surprise pick Sharon White takes charge

Former Treasury official Sharon White takeS on the top job at the John Lewis Partnership, ushering in a new era for the company. She is the first woman to hold the role, and also the first external candidate to be appointed chair.

An economist by training who has spent four years at the helm of telecoms and media regulator Ofcom, she starts the job at a challenging time for company and the broader retail sector.

She replaceS Charlie Mayfield when he steps down early next year, earning a basic salary of £990,000.

Clayton Hirst
Clayton Hirst

Group Head of Corporate Affairs at John Lewis Partnership

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