Waitrose appoints new finance director

Waitrose & Partners has announced the appointment of Ross Avery as finance director of the supermarket chain.

Ross has worked for the John Lewis Partnership since 2001. He started as a graduate trainee and worked in branches for the first seven years of his career; followed by several retail leadership roles. In 2013 he was appointed head of strategy. He then spent three years as ecommerce director before being appointed to his current role as transformation director in March 2018.

Ross will become finance director on January 28 and will join the Waitrose management board. Reflecting his combined responsibility for finance and for the delivery of the Waitrose & Partners business plan, Ross will report to Waitrose & Partners managing director Rob Collins and Patrick Lewis, group finance director for the John Lewis Partnership.

Commenting on the appointment, Rob said: “Ross is a talented, high calibre leader with the wide experience and deep understanding of our business that will make him a terrific finance director.”

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