Management and board

Sainsburys store

Management and board

The Board is chaired by David Tyler and its key focus in helping to create long-term sustainable value for shareholders, is on strategic leadership, performance management, investor relations, risk management and governance succession planning.

Day-to-day management of the Group is delegated to the Operating Board, which is chaired by Mike Coupe, the Chief Executive. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, and executing the strategy, once agreed by the Board. He creates a framework of strategy, values, organisation and objectives to ensure the successful achievement of results, and allocates decision-making and responsibilities accordingly.

  • David TaylorDavid TylerChairman
    David Taylor

    David TylerChairman

    Committees:

    • Chairman of the Nomination committee

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 1 October 2009, David became Chairman on 1 November 2009. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Hammerson PLC and a Non-Executive Director of Burberry Group PLC. He was previously Finance Director of GUS PLC (1997-2006) and has held senior financial and general management roles with Christie’s International PLC (1989-96), County NatWest Limited (1986-89) and Unilever PLC (1974-86). He was Chairman of Logica PLC (2006-12) and of 3i Quoted Private Equity PLC (2007-09), and a Non-Executive Director of Experian PLC (2006-12) and of Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (2007-09). He has also been Chairman of Hampstead Theatre since 2012.

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  • Mike CoupeMike CoupeChief Executive
    Mike Coupe

    Mike CoupeChief Executive

    Biography:
    Appointed Chief Executive on 9 July 2014. He has been a member of the Operating Board since October 2004 and an Executive Director since 1 August 2007. He joined Sainsbury’s from Big Food Group where he was a Board Director of Big Food Group plc and Managing Director of Iceland Food Stores. He previously worked for both ASDA and Tesco, where he served in a variety of senior management roles. Mike was appointed to the board of directors of I2C at its inception and he is also a Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc.

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  • John RogersJohn RogersChief Financial Officer
    John Rogers

    John RogersChief Financial Officer

    Biography:
    Appointed Chief Financial Officer on 19 July 2010, John is also a member of the Board of Sainsbury’s Bank plc. John joined Sainsbury's in November 2005 as Director of Corporate Finance and then became Director of Group Finance from March 2007 to July 2008. In July 2008, he was appointed to the Operating Board as Property Director. John is co-chair of the Chief Financial Officer Leadership Network, established by the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and is a Non-Executive Director of Travis Perkins plc. Prior to Sainsbury's, John was Group Finance Director for Hanover Acceptances, a diversified corporation with wholly owned subsidiaries in the food manufacturing, real estate and agri-business sectors.

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  • Matt BrittinMatt BrittinNon-Executive Director
    Matt Brittin

    Matt BrittinNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Member of the audit committee
    • Member of the nomination committee

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 27 January 2011, Matt is Google’s President – Northern & Central Europe. Previously, he was Managing Director of Google in the UK & Ireland. Before joining Google at the start of 2007, Matt spent much of his career in media and marketing, with particular interests in strategy, commercial development and sales performance. This included commercial and digital leadership roles in UK media. He is also a Director of two charities, The Climate Group and The Media Trust.

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  • Mary HarrisMary HarrisNon-Executive Director
    Mary Harris

    Mary HarrisNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Chairman of the remuneration committee
    • Member of the corporate responsibility committee
    • Member of the nomination committee

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2007, Mary is a member of the supervisory boards of TNT Express NV, Unibail-Rodamco S.E. and Scotch & Soda NV. Mary is a Non-Executive Director of ITV plc. She previously spent much of her career with McKinsey & Company, most recently as a partner, where she worked primarily with retail/consumer clients in China, South East Asia and Europe. Her previous work experience includes working for PepsiCo in Greece and the UK, as a sales and marketing executive.

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  • Gary HughesGary HughesNon-Executive Director
    Gary Hughes

    Gary HughesNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Chairman of the audit committee 
    • Member of the nomination committee 

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2005, Gary is an Operating Executive within the Portfolio Support Group of Apax Partners LLP, the global private equity firm, a Non-Executive Director of SMART Technologies Inc, a Director of the Scottish Exhibition Centre Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Matomy Media Group Plc, a Non-Executive Director of Premier Farnell plc and a Non-Executive Director of The People's Operator plc. Formerly he was Chief Financial Officer of Gala Coral (2008-11) and Chief Executive of CMP Information Limited - a division of United Business Media plc (2006-08), Group Finance Director of Emap plc (2000-05), Group Finance Director of SMG plc (1996-00), and Deputy Finance Director of Forte plc (1994-96). Prior to this Gary held a number of senior management positions with Guinness plc in the UK and in North America.

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  • John McAdamJohn McAdamNon-Executive Director
    John McAdam

    John McAdamNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Member of the nomination committee
    • Member of the remuneration committee 

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 1 September 2005, John is the Senior Independent Director. He is Chairman of Rentokil Initial plc and United Utilities plc and also a Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Group plc. John joined Unilever PLC as a management trainee in 1974 and went on to hold a number of senior positions in Birds Eye Walls, Quest and Unichema, before the sale of the Specialty Chemical Businesses to ICI in 1997. He was Chief Executive of ICI plc, until its sale to Akzo Nobel, and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Sara Lee Corporation (2008-12) and Severn Trent Plc (2000-05).

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  • Jean_tomlinJean TomlinNon-Executive Director
    Jean_tomlin

    Jean TomlinNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Chairman of the corporate responsibility committee
    • Member of the remuneration committee
    • Member of the nomination committee

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2013, Jean is an Independent Board member of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, Join in Trust and Step up to Serve. Formerly, she was the HR Director for The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games where she oversaw the creation and execution of the hugely successful Games Maker volunteering programme. She was previously Group HR Director at Marks and Spencer Group plc, HR Director and Founder member of Egg plc and Sales & Operations Director of Prudential Direct.

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  • Susan RiceSusan RiceNon-Executive Director
    Susan Rice

    Susan RiceNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Member of the audit committee
    • Member of the nomination committee

    Biography:
    Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2013. Susan is also Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland, a Non-Executive Director of Big Society Capital Ltd and of the National Council of Universities and Business. She is the first chairman of Scotland’s first Fiscal Commission. She also chairs the Boards of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Festivals Forum and the Governors of the National Galleries of Scotland. Susan was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Bank of England (2007 – 2014) SSE plc (2003 – 2014) and Scotland’s Futures Forum.

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