Waitrose has announced that Ben Stimson will become retail director of the grocery business on March 27.
He is moving into the role vacated by Rob Collins, who becomes managing director of Waitrose on April 4, following the departure of Mark Price to become Minister of State for Trade & Investment.
Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, and has held a number of senior roles in both John Lewis and Waitrose, including managing director of John Lewis Leicester, head of retail operations for Waitrose Group H, Waitrose director of retail services, and latterly, Waitrose director of retail operations (north).
Rob Collins said: “Ben is a talented individual who has already made a great contribution to the Partnership. He’ll be a terrific retail director and an effective member of the Waitrose management board.”
After graduating, Ben worked as a management consultant and from 2001-2009 he held a number of senior marketing and communications positions at Sky Television (BSkyB).
Ben has been on the board of the Nationwide Building Society’s charitable foundation since 2008 and became chair in 2012.
Waitrose has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 62 convenience branches, and 27 shops at Welcome Break locations.
Waitrose also exports its products to 51 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for housewares.