Sainsbury’s names new CEO as ‘singing’ Coupe quits


UK supermarket group Sainsbury’s has named Simon Roberts as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment follows news that current CEO Mike Coupe is to retire after six years at the helm.

Coupe’s departure comes a just day after the grocery chain announced hundreds of job. He’s also weathered a failed merger attempt with rival ASDA and a share price that’s fallen 30% over the last 12 months.

Sainsbury’s singing CEO

One of the most embarrassing moments of Coupe’s tenure was when he caught on camera singing “We’re in the money”. The unsuspecting CEO was singing the song as he waited to do an ITV News television interview.

Enter Simon Roberts

We don’t yet know what secret talents Roberts’ may have. However, they must be good as his basic salary will be 875,000, plus bonuses and a 7.5% pension benefit.

The 48-year-old joined Sainsbury’s as Retail and Operations Director in July 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience leading major UK retail brands. He spent 15 years at M&S and 13 years at Boots, where he became President of Boots UK.

Argos integration

In addition to leading Sainsbury’s retail and logistics operations, Roberts recently took responsibility for Argos’s retail operations as part of our continued integration.

He led Sainsbury’s industry leading store operations restructure and digitisation throughout 2018 which is now delivering improved customer satisfaction, market leading productivity and further investment in value for customers.

Diversity champion

He is a champion for diversity and inclusion, which is fab, and has enabled a significant transformation in capabilities and leadership across Sainsbury’s operations. He is one of those people with whom people would want to join a mastermind entrepreneur group with, to know more about the ways in which Roberts has excelled in his business.

Roberts was previously EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Boots UK. He led the UK and ROI business across 2,500 stores, broadening the appeal of the customer offer while reshaping the business to invest in multi channel capabilities.

He started his retail career aged 16 and joined the M&S management training programme two years later.

Coupe’s departure

After almost six years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and fifteen years working for Sainsbury’s incumbent CEO Coupe confirmed his intention to retire later this year.

Mike will continue in his role as CEO until the end of May 2020.