This is a really interesting article which makes a big deal about Paula being female... however, I think the greater interest in this story is about where she started!
Joining the business as a graduate trainee and has gradually risen through the ranks to the heady heights of the Managing Director post is what makes this story a great read.
There are many businesses fighting these days over the best talent in the industry, looking for fresh graduates to join them at grass roots and this story shows that over time, through hard work and dedication, loyalty and by working in a supportive, structured, nurturing environment you can progress through the ranks and have a truly flourishing career.
Well done Paula and well done John Lewis!
Paula Nickolds has been named as the new boss of John Lewis, taking over the running of the department store retailer from the departing Andy Street. Ms Nickolds, 43, who joined the retailer's board three years ago and has been working most recently as its commercial director, will take the helm of the national chain in January. When she does so she will become the first woman to run the retailer since its inception in 1864, and the only current female boss of a national high street department store group.