John Lewis Partnership adds to its Directors Board
Mr Kankiwala brings 40 years’ experience in retail and consumer brands. He started his career at Unilever in a number of commercial and operational roles, before moving to Pepsico where he became President of the soft drinks business in Europe and Africa. He then moved to Burger King International as President.
He continued his career within private equity led businesses and joined Hovis in 2014, initially as Chairman and in the past five years as Chief Executive, where he led the transformation of the brand.
Joining the JLP Board on 12 April, Mr Kankiwala replaces Laura Wade-Gery, who is stepping down when her term ends on 30 April 2021.
Sharon White, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “Nish is a fantastic appointment to the Partnership Board. He brings a wealth of experience in retail and fast moving consumer markets. He’s led well known global brands and ones with rich heritage and trust like the Partnership.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Laura who has done a brilliant job since joining the Board in 2017.”
Mr Kankiwala said: “The Partnership is a business I’ve long admired for its unique ethos and its special brands. The business now has a significant opportunity to play an even bigger role in its customers’ lives. I’m looking forward to working closely with the Board and supporting the Partnership.”