The John Lewis Partnership will welcome Nish Kankiwala to its board this month, as a non-executive director.

Nish brings 40 years’ experience in retail and consumer brands such as PepsiCo, Unilever and Burger King. He is currently the chief executive of Hovis.

Nish 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. 

Nish is a fellow at the Institute of Chemical Engineers and fellow at University College London, where he graduated in Chemical Engineering. He will join the partnership board on 12th April.

Nish replaces Laura Wade-Gery, who is stepping down from the board when her term ends on 30th April.

Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, says: “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. Laura has made a significant contribution to the partnership and she leaves with our best wishes for the future.”  

Nish says: “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.”

Laura Wade-Gery comments: “It's been a privilege to be a part of the partnership, to experience first-hand the power of the unique partnership model and to use my external perspective and business experience to help shape its strategy and development. I am looking forward to staying connected through my family's regular shopping habits.”