David Tyler, Chairman said: "Justin is a truly exceptional leader, who has reshaped Sainsbury’s during his 10 years as CEO, as well as playing a leading role in the sector and wider business world. The Board thanks him for his outstanding achievements in ‘Making Sainsbury's Great Again'. He leaves a lasting legacy, with the Company stronger than ever.
"We are delighted to appoint a CEO of Mike’s unique talent and experience as Justin’s successor to lead the next chapter of Sainsbury’s history. No one knows Sainsbury’s – or the industry – better than Mike. He has worked hand-in-hand with Justin over the past decade and has a proven track record of success making him the natural choice to take the Company forward."
Justin King, CEO said: "This was not an easy decision for me to make, and in truth it will never feel like the right time to leave a company like Sainsbury’s. It has been a privilege to have led the Company for the past 10 years and I am incredibly proud of our achievements in that time. It is the 157,000 colleagues that make Sainsbury’s so special and I would like to thank them for their amazing efforts over the last decade in making Sainsbury’s great again. I am confident that under Mike’s leadership the business will go from strength to strength."
Mike Coupe, CEO designate said: "It’s an absolute honour to be appointed as the new CEO of Sainsbury’s in this, the Company’s 145th year, and at a time when thanks to Justin’s leadership, we have been consistently outperforming the market. I very much look forward to building on that success for our customers, colleagues, suppliers and shareholders."
Notes to editors
1. 10m additional customers a week
2. £9.5bn of incremental sales
3. Underlying profits almost trebled
4. Market share continuing to grow
5. Compelling non-food business
6. Scale convenience business
7. Strong online business
8. Sainsbury’s Bank
9. Values a strategic point of difference
10. Colleagues at the heart of our success
The following information is provided in accordance with section 430(2B) of the Companies Act 2006.
Justin King will receive no annual bonus or Deferred Share Award for 2014/15, and will receive no awards under the Long-Term Incentive Plan (“LTIP” – known as Value Builder or Future Builder) for 2014/15. He will remain eligible for consideration for payment of an annual bonus and Deferred Share Award for 2013/14, subject to performance over this period and determined in the normal manner after the year end.
Under the terms of his contract, Justin could be entitled to a cash severance payment of up to 175% of his base salary (worth potentially up to £1.7m) at departure. However, he has offered to waive the cash entitlement and the Remuneration Committee has therefore determined that:
This arrangement ensures that any payment to Justin is aligned with the performance of the Company following his departure; a sign of his confidence in the new management and the business’s continuing prospects.
Mike Coupe will receive a salary of £900k as Chief Executive. The overall variable incentive opportunity for the Chief Executive role will remain unchanged. However, it will be rebalanced towards the long-term award (Future Builder LTIP award). The incentive opportunity will be limited to 110% of salary for each of the annual bonus and Deferred Share Award with vesting subject to achievement of performance targets. Mike will be granted a core LTIP award under the Future Builder of 62.5% of salary with potential vesting of 0-4x (ie up to 250% of salary for achievement of stretch objectives) subject to 3-year performance targets. The changes in incentive opportunity will only come into effect from the date of promotion and so will be pro-rated accordingly in 2014/15. He will receive a pension allowance of 30% of salary. Mike’s contractual terms have been aligned with current best practice.
Further details of the operation of the Deferred Share Award and LTIP are set out in the Directors’ Remuneration Report in our Annual Report and Accounts 2012/13. Full disclosure of these remuneration arrangements will be provided in our Directors’ Remuneration Report in our Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14.