Knighthood for John Lewis chairman

AOL Money Staff
Charlie Mayfield
Charlie Mayfield

John Lewis Partnership chairman Charlie Mayfield has been awarded a knighthood for his services to business following a 13-year career at the employee-owned group.

Since being appointed chairman in 2007, Sir Charlie has helped cement the group's position as a UK retail giant, only recently delivering a 15.8% surge in annual profits to £409.6 million despite tough high street conditions.