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Sharon White will be known as chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.
This is from the head of business and consumer at the Mirror.
Ms White says: “It is a great honour to be asked to succeed Charlie [Mayfield] as the sixth chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.
“I am a passionate believer in the Partnership: Partners working together for each other’s wellbeing with the confidence to invest for the long-term and a focus on delivering for our customers in a rapidly changing retail environment. John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners are not merely British retail icons, but also a model of a better way to do business".
John Lewis chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield says trading conditions on the High Street are "really tough".
Sir Charlie Mayfield, the boss of John Lewis, says the partnership has been profitable but the decision to pay a bonus will be considered in March - and it may not be wise to pay a bonus this year, the first time it will have been skipped since 1953.