J Sainsbury plc today announces that Jean Tomlin will be joining the Board as a non-executive director from 1 January 2013. This follows the previously announced retirement of Anna Ford from 31 December 2012. In addition to her overall Board contribution, Jean will chair the Company’s Corporate Responsibility Committee and sit on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Jean is the HR Director for The London 2012 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 & Spencer plc, HR Director of Egg plc and Sales & Operations Director of Prudential Direct.
Jean began her career as a graduate at Ford Motor Company working in personnel, training and labour relations and has also held a number of non-executive roles, serving on the Board of the Greenwich Healthcare Trust and the Student Loans Company. She has also been a Commissioner for Judicial Appointments, a member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Advisory Board, the Race Relations Advisory Group, and a Trustee of CIDA (a South African self-funding university).
Commenting on the appointment, David Tyler, Sainsbury’s chairman, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jean to our Board. Her unique experience and breadth of skills will be a great addition to the Board and we particularly look forward to her leadership of the Corporate Responsibility Committee which contributes significantly to the success of Sainsbury’s.”
Jean Tomlin said: “Sainsbury’s has an outstanding reputation and - with 22m customers and 150,000 colleagues - touches so many areas of day-to-day life. I very much look forward to playing my part in the company’s future progress.”