Sainsbury’s has appointed Simon Roberts as retail & operations director, reporting to chief executive Mike Coupe. He will join by July 2017.
Most recently Simon was executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance and president of Boots in the UK & Ireland.
Prior to this he was managing director of Boots UK, responsible for leading retail and pharmacy activities in over 2,500 stores across the UK & Ireland.
Simon joined Boots as regional director in 2003 from Marks & Spencer, where for 14 years he held roles in Marks & Spencer’s stores and operations.
Mike Coupe said: “I’m delighted to welcome Simon to Sainsbury’s. He is a very strong leader who is passionate about customers and colleagues. He has extensive stores experience, is customer-centric in everything he does and I’m confident he will make a fantastic contribution to Sainsbury’s and the operating board.”
Simon added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Sainsbury’s, a brand I have admired and respected for many years – and particularly at such an exciting time for the business following its acquisition of Home Retail Group.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Mike and the team and working with the 165,000 colleagues across Sainsbury’s stores and operations to help customers live well for less.”