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Sharon White

Amol Rajan Interviews

A 60 min film for BBC Two, 2022
BBC Studios

Despite scaling the heights of the civil service and landing top jobs at the Treasury and media regulator Ofcom, Sharon White was a surprise choice to be appointed to the top job at the John Lewis Partnership at the start of 2020. Overseeing the eponymous department store and its supermarket chain Waitrose, White was only weeks in the role before Covid and its concomitant lockdowns started, transforming her business almost beyond recognition.

In this film, she tells Amol Rajan about her route to the top, shows him behind the scenes at branches of both John Lewis and Waitrose, and gives him a tour of the company's Magna Park distribution centre, offering a vision of the future of retail.

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