John Lewis Partnership appoints people executive director


The John Lewis Partnership has today appointed Nikki Humphrey as executive director for People. Humphrey joins from Virgin Atlantic where she is chief people officer and replaces Tracey Killen who has retired after a 38 year career in the Partnership.

Humphrey: people post

Starting on 1 October, Humphrey will be responsible for developing and delivering a people strategy for the Partnership’s 80,000 Partners. This new appointment forms part of a seven-strong executive team and follows James Bailey joining as executive director of Waitrose in April and Pippa Wicks becoming executive director of John Lewis. 

Sharon White, partner & chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “This appointment comes at a time where we are working hard to develop our people strategy. Nikki’s impressive experience will help ensure the Partnership continues to be a great place to work for current and future Partners, that both rewards and develops Partners, provides exceptional health and wellbeing support and improves our diversity and inclusion strategy, truly reflecting the communities we serve.”

Humphrey said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Partnership at this time. It’s a huge privilege to lead the People team and the People strategy for the 80,000 Partners. I’m really looking forward to working together with Partners, to shape the future and continue to provide the wonderful experience that is so valued by customers.”