Sainsbury's reshuffles management team
Sainsburys is to reshuffle its management team ahead of the departure of chief executive Justin King in July. The changes include a number of internal moves and promotions within the supermarket's operating board which will take effect from 11 May.
Roger Burnley, who is currently managing director of general merchandise, clothing and logistics, will become retail and operations director leading a newly combined team of supermarkets, convenience and logistics.
The supermarket’s retail director Helen Buck will become business development director with responsibility for developing the business beyond the core. As well as being responsible for Mobile by Sainsbury’s and Sainsbury’s Energy, Buck will also oversee Sainsbury’s Online. The latter will be led by business unit director for general merchandise & entertainment Robbie Feather, who will become director of online. Feather will report to Buck in his new role.
Paul Mills-Hicks, who is currently business unit director for grocery, will be promoted to the operating board as food commercial director with responsibility for supply chain, own brand, space & formats and the food categories.
James Brown, currently business unit director for clothing, will take up the role of director of non-food trading, reporting directly to King’s successor as chief executive Mike Coupe.
Meanwhile Dean Clegg, currently director of store development, will become director of property, reporting to chief financial officer John Rogers.
The final change will see Peter Griffiths, chief executive of Sainsbury’s Bank, join the operating board, also reporting to Rogers. This follows Sainsbury’s acquisition of the remaining 50% shareholding in the bank from Lloyds Banking Group earlier this year.
The rest of the operating board will remain unchanged.
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 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."
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