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Sainsbury’s announced multiple management team changes

LONDON, 2014-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s today announces a number of internal moves and promotions to its management team, taking effect from 11 May.

  • Roger Burnley, currently MD of General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics, becomesRetail and Operations Director leading a newly combined team of Supermarkets, Convenience and Logistics
  • Helen Buck, currently Retail Director, becomes Business Development Directorresponsible for developing the business beyond the core. As well as Mobile by Sainsbury’sand Sainsbury’s Energy, this includes Sainsbury’s Online which will be led by Robbie Feather, currently Business Unit Director for General Merchandise & Entertainment, who becomes Director of Online, reporting to Helen
  • Paul Mills-Hicks, currently Business Unit Director for Grocery, is promoted to the Operating Board as Food Commercial Director with Supply Chain, Own Brand, Space & Formats and the Food categories reporting to him
  • James Brown, currently Business Unit Director for Clothing, becomes Director of Non Food Trading, reporting directly to Mike Coupe
  • Peter Griffiths, CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank, joins the Operating Board, reporting to John Rogers, CFO, following Sainsbury’s acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent shareholding in the Bank from Lloyds Banking Group earlier this year
  • Dean Clegg, currently Director of Store Development, becomes Director of Property, reporting to John Rogers

The rest of the Operating Board remains unchanged as follows

  • Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary & Corporate Services Director
  • John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer
  • Angie Risley, HR Director
  • Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director
  • Sarah Warby, Marketing Director

Justin King, CEO, said: “Mike Coupe and I are working closely to ensure a strong transition as we move towards my departure on 9 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 today will strengthen an already strong leadership team, and allow us to achieve even greater success in the future.”

Notes to editors

Sainsbury’s plc Board

  • David Tyler, Chairman
  • Justin King, CEO (until 9 July)
  • Mike Coupe, CEO Designate (from 9 July)
  • John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer
  • Matt Brittin, Non-Executive Director
  • Mary Harris, Non-Executive Director
  • Gary Hughes, Non-Executive Director
  • John McAdam, Non-Executive Director
  • Jean Tomlin, Non-Executive Director
  • Susan Rice, Non-Executive Director

Sainsbury’s Operating Board (from 11 May)

  • Justin King, CEO (until 9 July)
  • Mike Coupe, CEO Designate (from 9 July)
  • John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer
  • Helen Buck, Business Development Director
  • Roger Burnley, Retail & Operations Director
  • Tim Fallowfield, Company Secretary & Corporate Services Director
  • Peter Griffiths, CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank
  • Paul Mills-Hicks, Food Commercial Director
  • Angie Risley, HR Director
  • Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director
  • Sarah Warby, Marketing Director


  • Roger Burnley, Retail & Operations Director: Roger joined Sainsbury’s Operating Board in March 2006 as Supply Chain Director before becoming Retail and Logistics Director (2008-12). He became Managing Director of GM, Clothing and Logistics in March 2012. Roger was previously the Supply Chain Director at Matalan. He spent his early career in retail management and buying at B&Q before joining ASDA/WalMart, where he held a number of positions before becoming their Supply Chain Director in 2001. Roger is currently Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and in September 2012 he joined the board of Transport for London, for which he is also a member of the Projects and Planning Panel
  • Helen Buck, Business Development Director: Helen joined Sainsbury’s in 2005 running Brand Communications before becoming Business Unit Director of Grocery in 2009. She was appointed to the Operating Board on 19 July 2010 as Convenience Director and became Retail Director in March 2012. Before joining Sainsbury’s, Helen held a number of senior positions at Marks & Spencer, Woolworths and Safeway and was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company. Since December 2011 Helen has been a Non Executive Director of LSL Property Services PLC
  • Peter Griffiths, CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank: Peter was appointed CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank in November 2012. Prior to this he was Group Chief Executive of Principality, the largest building society in Wales, growing it from the 13th largest building society in the UK to the 7th, during his decade in charge. He previously worked for NatWest (1977-2000), and was Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Chambers Plc. He is former Chairman of the CBI Wales and the Building Societies Association, and is a Fellow of UWIC and The Chartered Institute of Management
  • Paul Mills-Hicks, Food Commercial Director: Paul has spent over 10 years at Sainsbury’s, working for Justin King in his first two years as Chief Executive during the formation of the ‘Making Sainsbury’s Great Again’ strategy. Since then, Paul has held a variety of roles in commercial, strategy and finance, most recently as Business Unit Director for Grocery. Prior to Sainsbury’s, Paul’s was European Controller at Marks & Spencer and a Director at UBS Warburg. Paul is a qualified electronic engineer and a Chartered Accountant
  • James Brown, Director of Non Food Trading: James joined Sainsbury’s in 2011 as Business Unit Director for Clothing. He began his retail career with Marks & Spencer, where he was Senior Merchandise Manager for womenswear and for Matalan, as Womenswear Merchandise Controller. He joined Shop Direct Group in 2006 as Merchandise Director progressing to become Trading Director in 2011
  • Dean Clegg, Director of Property: Dean joined Sainsbury’s in 2005 as Managing Director for the South Zone and was also Director for both North and West Zones prior to becoming our Director of Store Development.  He began his career at BHS, and also spent eight years at ASDA as well as two years at Woolworths
  • Robbie Feather, Director of Online: Robbie joined Sainsbury’s in 2011 as Business Unit Director for General Merchandise & Entertainment. He previously worked for John Lewis where he was Buying Director for Electricals & Home Technology and for Asda. Robbie also co-founded his own business, Feather & Black, a multichannel lifestyle furniture retailer with a strong online presence and a chain of 30 shops

About Sainsbury’s

  • Over 1,200 stores, 23 depots and 157,000 colleagues
  • Market share of 16.8 % (Kantar 52 week data to 2 March 2014)
  • c24 million customer transactions per week in 2014
  • 596 supermarkets; Supermarket of the Year 2013 (6th time in eight years – Retail Industry Awards)
  • 618 convenience stores; Convenience Chain of the Year (4th consecutive year – Retail Industry Awards)
  • £1bn online grocery business; over 190,000 orders each week; Online Retailer of the Year 2013 (2nd consecutive year – Grocer Gold Awards)
  • Own brand penetration 51% (vs 47% market norm); leading positions on nutritional labelling, British sourcing, Fairtrade, RSPCA Freedom Foods and MSC
  • £1bn annual turnover in general merchandise; 6th biggest clothing retailer in the UK by volume; full offer in over 400 stores; 36% of our customers buy our non-food ranges
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