Ex-John Lewis head Paula Nickolds joins Sainsbury’s as clothes director

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ainsbury’s now hired Paula Nickolds, a single of the largest names in United kingdom retailing, to head up its apparel and basic products small business.

She will now grow to be a board member at Sainsbury in demand of its £7.8 billion division jogging Sainsbury’s common merchandise, Argos, Habitat and Tu clothes.

She takes around from Mike Luck, who is leaving following becoming a member of the enterprise on the graduate scheme 18 decades back.

Simon Roberts, Sainsbury CEO stated: “Paula provides deep practical experience in product or service, brand names and business management and she has a passion for knowing and offering for customers.”

He mentioned Luck and his workforce experienced efficiently relaunched the Habitat division and set up a reduced price base for the international commercial team.

Nickolds’ departure from John Lewis shocked the retail market as she was remarkably rated for her function in streamlining the enterprise through her brief two-calendar year stint in demand. Nevertheless, some pointed out that she left immediately after lacklustre Xmas product sales at the group.

A graduate trainee at the partnership, she stop before long immediately after becoming provided the newly made position of govt director of brand name, which some observed as a demotion by then-chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield.

The blow to her was softened by a near-£1 million payout.

She mentioned in a assertion that she was “thrilled” to be using up the purpose.