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Banking chief to take over at John Lewis; ECONOMY TODAY RETAIL.

THE former boss of Lloyds Banking Group's high-street branches has landed one of the top jobs at department stores business John Lewis Partnership.

Helen Weir became chief executive of Lloyds' retail arm in 2008 but stood down in March in the wake of a boardroom reshuffle by new boss Antonio Horta-Osorio.

She will join the Waitrose retailer on April 1 and will formally take on the role of group finance director two months later, replacing Marisa Cassoni whose plan to retire was announced in September.

Weir was finance director of B&Q from 1995-2000 before spending a further four years in the same role at parent company Kingfisher.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2012
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