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Sharon White ally quits John Lewis board

By Patrick Tooher

THE revolving door at John Lewis has taken another turn with the latest departure of a senior director – just seven months after joining the partnership’s board.

Retail expert Nicky Dulieu was head of the influential audit and risk committee at the department store group, which includes grocer Waitrose.

But she is leaving after finding the role ‘wasn’t compatible with her existing time commitments’, a spokesman said.

It is the latest blow to

John Lewis, which was rocked recently when Dame Sharon White said she planned to step down as chairman of the employee-owned business at the end of her five-year term in February.

A search for her replacement is under way. White, a former civil servant and regulator, hired Dulieu partly to address criticism that the board lacked retail experience.

Dulieu also sits on the board of WH Smith having previously run the Hobbs fashion chain. A replacement will be found ‘in due course’, the John Lewis spokesman said.

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