Nish Kankiwala has been appointed as the Chief Executive for John Lewis Partnership (JLP).

Kankiwala has been a non-executive director since April 2021. He was previously CEO at bread-maker Hovis Ltd. and held a senior role at Burger King Corp., spearheading both companies’ turnaround efforts. He also spent a decade at PepsiCo Inc. where he was president of its drinks business in Europe and Africa.

The former Hovis boss will take on the newly created role, to support chairwoman Dame Sharon White with the day-to-day running of the retail giant.

JLP parted ways with previous John Lewis executive director Pippa Wicks last month.

The changes come as the group continues an ambitious transformation plan which has seen JLP expand into new areas such as rental properties and shut a number of department stores.