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 of Domestic and General Group Limited. 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 (2007-12) and of 3i Quoted Private Equity PLC (2007-09), and a Non-Executive Director of Experian plc (2006-12), Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (2007-09) and Burberry Group Plc (2002-2015). 

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  • Mike CoupeMike CoupeChief Executive
    Mike Coupe

    Mike CoupeChief Executive

    Committees:

    • Member of the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Committee

    Biography:

    Appointed Chief Executive Officer on 9 July 2014, Mike 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 is also a Non-Executive Director of 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, and in June 2015, his role was expanded to include online, business development and strategy. 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. 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. John is a Non-Executive Director of Travis Perkins plc and a director of Insight 2 Communication LLP.

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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 – Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before joining Google to run its UK operations 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 charitable organisation, 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 & Sustainability Committee
    • Member of the Nomination Committee

    Biography:

    Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2007, Mary is a member of the supervisory board of Unibail-Rodamco S.E. and a Non-Executive Director of ITV plc and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. She was formerly a member of the Supervisory Board of TNT Express NV. Mary 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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  • David KeensDavid KeensNon-Executive Director
    David Keens

    David KeensNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Chairman of the Audit Committee
    • Member of the Nomination Committee

    Biography:

    Appointed to the Board on 29 April 2015, David is also a Non-Executive Director and the Senior Independent Director of Auto Trader Group plc, and chairs its Audit Committee. David was formerly Group Finance Director of NEXT plc (1991-2015) and their Group Treasurer (1986-1991). Previous management experience includes nine years in the UK and overseas operations of multinational food manufacturer Nabisco (1977-1986) and, prior to that, seven years in the accountancy profession.

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  • Jean_tomlinJean TomlinNon-Executive Director
    Jean_tomlin

    Jean TomlinNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Committee
    • Member of the Nomination Committee
    • Member of the Remuneration Committee

    Biography:

    Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2013, Jean is an Independent Board member of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, a Trustee of The Join In Trust and Step Up To Serve, and a Council Member at Loughborough University. Formerly, she was Director of HR, Workforce and Accreditation 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 Remuneration Committee
    • Member of the Nomination Committee

    Biography:

    Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2013, Susan became the Senior Independent Director on 6 July 2016. She is also Chairman of Scottish Water, Business Stream, President of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, and a Non-Executive Director of Big Society Capital Limited, the North American Income Trust and the Banking Standards Board.  Susan is the first Chairman of Scotland’s new Fiscal Commission and a lay member of Court of Edinburgh University. She also chairs the Parton’s Board of Governors of the National Galleries of Scotland. Susan was formerly Chief Executive Officer and subsequently Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc (2000 – 2009), and a Non-Executive Director of Bank of England (2007 – 2014), SSE plc (2003 – 2014), the Edinburgh International Book Festival (2001 – 2015), and Scotland’s Futures Forum.

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  • Brian CBrian CassinNon-Executive Director
    Brian C

    Brian CassinNon-Executive Director

    Committees:

    • Member of the Audit Committee
    • Member of the Nomination Committee

    Biography:

    Appointed to the Board on 1 April 2016, Brian is Chief Executive Officer of Experian plc. Brian joined Experian as Chief Financial Officer in April 2012, a post he held until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in July 2014. Prior to this, Brian spent his career in investment banking at Baring Brothers International (1992-98), Greenhill & Co (1998-2012) where he was Managing Director and Partner and the London Stock Exchange (1988 to 92) where he held senior roles. 

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Corporate governance

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