John Lewis chief Burden to retire

John Lewis Partnership director of comms Paul Burden is retiring after six years at the high-street retailer.

Burden, 60, is due to leave in January and the hunt for his successor is already under way.

Burden, a former BBC Breakfast presenter, joined John Lewis, which owns upmarket supermarket Waitrose, in 1999 after more than 20 years with the BBC. He had also anchored radio news shows Today and PM. 

Two months ago John Lewis said retail conditions were the worst it had seen for 15 years. But it has reported a surge in demand for winter clothing in the week to 19 November, up six per cent on the same period last year, after the recent cold snap.

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