UK department store chain has appointed Susanne Given as its new buying director for fashion.

Given will report to Peter Ruis, John Lewis buying and brand director, and joins the company on 8 February.

She has previously been managing director at TK Maxx, merchandise director at Harrods, and has held senior buying positions at House of Fraser and Sainsbury's.

Peter Ruis, buying and brand director of John Lewis, said: "I am delighted that Susanne is joining the team. Her appointment is indicative of the strength and ambition we maintain in what has been our fastest growing area. She will evolve and develop our premium brand strategy as we look to continue actively to grow market share within the UK."