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Former M&S top woman Laura Wade-Gery joins John Lewis board

Former Marks & Spencer high-flyer Laura Wade-Gery is joining rival John Lewis Partnership's board as a non-executive director.
Ms Wade-Gery, who ran M&S's store and online operations, had been at one time tipped to take over from former chief executive Marc Bolland. However, whilst on maternity leave Mr Bolland left the business earlier than planned and company veteran Steve Rowe was named as his successor.
Ms Wade-Gery left M&S for maternity leave in August 2015, initially for a period of four months before extending it to a year.
Former M&S top woman Laura Wade-Gery joins John Lewis board

Laura Wade-Gery had run M&S stores and online operations
She announced she would not be returning to the retailer in September 2016 after five years with the business and said that her time away from the business had seen "some significant changes in both my personal life and in the business". 
Ms Wade-Gery, a former Tesco director and daughter of a senior diplomat, was immortalised in William Dalrymple's travel novel, In Xanadu, after she retraced Marco Polo's 13th century voyage from Palestine to China with Mr Dalrymple, a friend who she met at Cambridge University, in the late Eighties. 
Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: "I am pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Wade-Gery who brings a wealth of experience in business and retailing. She will build on the strength and depth of the John Lewis Partnership board."
The John Lewis Partnership board is made up of a mix of 14 appointed and democratically elected 'partners' to reflect the employee-owned structure of the company. 
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