JOHN LEWIS’ buying and brand director Peter Ruis has quit after almost nine years at the department store to become chief executive of fashion retailer Jigsaw.
Ruis is widely credited for helping to put the group’s clothing department on the map by swapping tired brands with newer names such as Somerset, by Alice Temperley.
John Lewis managing director Andy Street said the company was sad to see him go: “Peter has revolutionised our fashion, home and technology offer,” he said.
Paula Nickolds has been named as his successor.
Ruis, a former Marks & Spencer graduate trainee, first joined as head of menswear in 2005 and was promoted to fashion buying director in June 2007 before taking up his current role in 2010.
He is expected to join Jigsaw in the coming months.