Sainsbury’s announces management overhaul

Published on: 6th May 2014

Sainsbury’s has shaken up its senior management team as chief executive designate Mike Coupe prepares to take over from long-standing boss Justin King in July.Sainsburys300

The group announced that from 11th May, Roger Burnley, currently managing director of general merchandise, clothing and logistics, would become retail and operations director leading a newly-combined team overseeing supermarkets, convenience stores and logistics. Helen Buck, currently retail director, becomes business development director responsible for areas beyond the chain’s core operations. Current business unit director Robbie Feather has been appointed as director of online and will report to Buck.

Amongst other changes Paul Mills-Hicks will be promoted to the operating board as food commercial director with supply chain, own brand, space and formats, and the food categories reporting to him. James Brown, business unit director for clothing, will become director of non-food trading, and Dean Clegg, director of store development will become property director.

Commenting on the changes, King said: “Mike Coupe and I are working closely to ensure a strong transition as we move towards my departure on 9th July. A key part of our success over the last ten years has been the strength of our leadership team at all levels of our business, and our focus on developing talent from within, ensuring we have a great blend of innovative thinking and experience. The changes we’re announcing will strengthen an already strong leadership team, and allow us to achieve even greater success in the future.”

The rest of the operating board remains the same with Tim Fallowfield as company secretary and corporate services director, Angie Risley as HR director, Sarah Warby as marketing director, John Rogers as chief financial officer, and Jon Rudoe as digital and technology director.

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