Sainsbury’s supermarket to shuffle top jobs

J SAINSBURY became the latest supermarket to shuffle its management team yesterday, in an attempt to cement its plans for long-term growth.

The UK’s third-biggest grocer has promoted chief financial officer Darren Shapland to the post of group development director, overseeing business development and group strategy.

Mike Coupe, currently trading director, will become the group’s commercial director with responsibility for marketing, and Helen Buck will join the operating board as convenience director.

John Rogers will join the main board as chief financial officer, from his current role as property director on the operating board.The changes come into effect on 19 July.

Chairman David Tyler said Rogers’ appointment “reflects the exceptional pool of talent that Sainsbury’s has developed over the last five years”.

Retailers have undergone a period of management upheaval, with Sir Terry Leahy announcing his retirement at Tesco, Andy Clarke taking over at Asda, Dalton Philips taking over the top post at Wm Morrison and Marc Bolland doing the same at Marks & Spencer.