John Vary

Head of Innovation at John Lewis

A thought leader in the field of retail disruption and tech-enabled innovation, John heads up the IT innovation team at John Lewis. He is responsible for the UK department store’s in-house skunkworks, named ‘Room Y’, where he oversees the creation and developments of special projects geared around multisensory experiences.

Collaborative by nature, this role sees him working across different areas and functions of the business to provoke discussion and encourage new ways of thinking. John is also responsible for the design and development of JLAB, John Lewis’ technology accelerator, which has helped build and define numerous early stage start-ups. He joined John Lewis from Burberry, where he held the position of innovation architect.

Shifting the dial from incremental to transformative innovation

In 1864, John Lewis opened its first shop on Oxford Street in London. 152 years later John Lewis now has 47 shops and is the UK's leading omnichannel retailer. John Vary, innovation manager at John Lewis will share elements of this journey and how innovation is still a fundamental part of its DNA. You will have access to a number of case studies and solutions, as well as key behaviours and ways of working, that provoke agile and disruptive behaviour in a business that has over 90,000 employees.