Management and board

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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.

  • John RogersJohn RogersCEO Sainsbury's Argos
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    John RogersCEO Sainsbury's Argos

    Biography:

    John Rogers became CEO of Sainsbury’s Argos on 5 September following the acquisition of Home Retail Group by J Sainsbury plc. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Sainsbury’s Argos, John was Chief Financial Officer of J Sainsbury plc for six years and had responsibility for finance, group strategy, Sainsbury’s online, Business Development, property, procurement and operational efficiency. John is also a member of the Sainsbury’s Operating Board, Sainsbury’s Bank plc Board and the Sainsbury’s plc Board. 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.

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  • Ian 2websiteIain MacMillanChief Financial Officer
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    Iain MacMillanChief Financial Officer

    Biography:

    Prior to his appointment as CFO of Sainsbury’s Argos, Iain MacMillan was Director of Commercial & Retail Finance at Sainsbury’s for three years. Iain has close to 20 years’ experience in finance, having started his career as a qualified accountant at PWC. His career in retail began at Cadbury’s, where he held a number of positions including Global Chocolate Strategy Director and Finance Director of Green & Black’s, before joining Waitrose as Head of Commercial and Property Finance.  

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  • James1James BrownDirector of Commercial Sainsbury’s
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    James BrownDirector of Commercial Sainsbury’s

    Biography:

    Prior to his appointment as Director of Commercial in Sainsburys Argos, James was Director of Sainsbury's Non-Food Trading since 2014. James Brown has a wealth of experience in clothing and home retail, having held senior merchandising positions at Marks & Spencer, Matalan and Shop Direct before joining Sainsbury’s in 2011. His vision of ‘high street style at supermarket prices’ has been a great success and, under his leadership, Sainsbury’s Tu clothing range has become the sixth largest by volume in the UK.

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  • Robbie 11Robbie FeatherDirector of Commercial Argos
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    Robbie FeatherDirector of Commercial Argos

    Biography:

    Robbie Feather joined Sainsbury’s in 2011, after two years as Buying Director for Electricals at John Lewis. After managing Sainsbury’s general merchandise and entertainment business he was appointed Director of Online at Sainsbury’s. Robbie also has extensive experience in growing and leading SME businesses, including Feather and Black beds.  

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  • Dean Clegg1Dean CleggDirector of Property
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    Dean CleggDirector of Property

    Biography:

    Dean Clegg is Director of Property. He has over 25 years’ retail experience, having held management positions in BHS, Asda, and Woolworths before starting his career with Sainsbury’s as Managing Director for the south region in 2005. After two years as Store Development Director with a remit that included investment programme, construction and store planning, Dean was made Director of Property for Sainsbury's in 2014.

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  • Ellen1Ella BennettDirector of HR
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    Ella BennettDirector of HR

    Biography:

    Ella Bennett is an experienced business leader with a solid focus on people and transformation. After her formative years with Mind, the National Association for Mental Health, Ella moved to the IT sector where she held senior HR roles at ICL and Fujitsu Services before joining Argos. Ella is a Fellow of the CIPD.

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  • Steve1Steve CarsonDirector of Retail & Contact Centres
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    Steve CarsonDirector of Retail & Contact Centres

    Biography:

    In his role at Argos, Steve has led the store teams, both customer contact centres, central retail operations, eBay, store format, FastTrack delivery and the retail non-food team. Originally from Northern Ireland, he previously spent 17 years with Sainsbury’s, with various store, store support centre and field roles and was a Zone Managing Director before joining Home Retail Group 10 years ago. In this time, he worked in Homebase and Argos before taking on his group role a couple of years ago.

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  • Graham1Graham BarnesDirector of Supply Chain & Logistics
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    Graham BarnesDirector of Supply Chain & Logistics

    Biography:

    Graham Barnes joined Argos in 1995 as a Buying Assistant and enjoyed sixteen years in commercial roles, across a wide portfolio of categories culminating as Trading Director for Home and Kids. Graham and his team ensure Sainsbury’s Argos manages the products customers want at the right time and right location. This involves coordinating suppliers, sales plans, distribution, home delivery and much more so customers can rely on us to get the product they want, when they want it. He played a key role in the implementation of the Argoshub and spoke network.

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  • Bertand1Bertrand BodsonChief Digital and Marketing Officer
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    Bertrand BodsonChief Digital and Marketing Officer

    Biography:

    Previously Chief Digital Officer for Home Retail Group, Bertrand Bodson leads the digital strategy across Sainsbury’s Argos and has responsibility for the overall commercial and financial performance of the digital business. He also runs the marketing, customer experience and publications teams. Prior to joining Home Retail Group, Bertrand led the digital transformation of EMI, where he was Executive Vice President and has also worked for Amazon in the US and at BCG. He has also co-founded Bragster.com, one of the largest VC-backed social media platforms which was sold to Guinness World Records.

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  • Stephen Voles1Stephen VowlesMarketing Director
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    Stephen VowlesMarketing Director

    Biography:

    In his role as Marketing Director, Stephen Vowles is responsible for marketing products and services to our customers using a customer data-driven approach. Prior to Argos, Stephen spent three years at Ladbrokes and eight years at Ahold USA. Stephen was Customer Marketing Director at Sainsbury’s for four years and began his career at Procter & Gamble. 

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  • George1George GoleyChief Technology Officer
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    George GoleyChief Technology Officer

    Biography:

    George Goley has been Chief Technology Officer for Home Retail Group since June 2015. George joined Home Retail Group from Sears Online, where he was Chief Information Officer responsible for all of Sears’ websites, mobile applications, marketplace seller software and many in-store systems. Prior to that George was Vice President of Technology at Amazon.com, responsible for Amazon’s catalogue systems, data warehouse systems, runtime web-facing systems and portions of the search systems. He has also held a variety of Director and Senior Director roles at Microsoft, including stints with SQL Server, MSN.com, Microsoft.com and The Office of the CTO.

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  • Martyn1Martyn BeauchampManaging Director Financial Services
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    Martyn BeauchampManaging Director Financial Services

    Biography:

    Martyn Beauchamp joined Home Retail Group from Tesco Bank, where he led Tesco's portfolio of international financial services businesses across Europe and Asia and held additional responsibility for the bank's UK strategy and business development. Prior to joining Tesco, Martyn held a variety of senior leadership roles for General Electric in the UK and led financial services businesses in Thailand and the Middle East.  

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  • Clare A1Clare AskemManaging Director Habitat
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    Clare AskemManaging Director Habitat

    Biography:

    Clare Askem has been Managing Director of Habitat since September 2011 and is responsible for continuing the iconic brand’s commitment to bringing affordable, directional designs from around the globe to the high street. She previously held the position of Director of Strategic Development for Home Retail Group and Buying and Operations Director for Dixons Group.

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  • Maria ThopmsonMaria ThompsonGroup Director
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    Maria ThompsonGroup Director

    Biography:

    Maria Thompson was appointed HRG Group Commercial and Supply Chain Director in 2014. Having joined Argos in 1990, Maria has held a variety of roles including Commercial Director, Argos Retail Group and Commercial Director, Home Retail Group. Before joining Argos, Maria worked in various marketing, buying and product management roles in the Young & Rubicam Group, Boots the Chemist and Associated British Foods.

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