John Lewis has announced that Andrew Murphy will take on the role of CIO from February next year.

Murphy, who is currently group productivity director at the department store retailer, will take over the role from Paul Coby who will leave the business at the end of April 2018, after seven years of service.

Coby has been instrumental in driving technology for business change at the John Lewis Partnership.

In 2016, he was promoted from IT director of John Lewis to CIO of the partnership overseeing IT and technology at both John Lewis and Waitrose. As CIO, he was responsible for creating common standards within IT teams across the entire company.

During his time at John Lewis, Coby has championed the retailer's JLab start-up incubator. The scheme, which recently announced its 2017 finalists, has been applauded by the industry as a way for retailers to access new innovations and agile technologies.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Paul for his outstanding contribution to our business and the legacy he has left,” said Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. “Paul was the architect of the IT strategy for John Lewis, which helped to transform the business into a leading omnichannel retailer.”

Murphy joined John Lewis in 1992. He was MD of John Lewis in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, before being appointed to director of operational development in 2009, followed by retail director in 2010. He currently runs the retailer’s change programme as part of his role as group productivity director.