Sainsbury’s names commercial director in latest supermarket reshuffle

Sainsbury’s has promoted Mike Coupe to group commercial director as the supermarket overhauls its top management team.

Coupe was formerly trading director and takes on responsibility for Sainsbury’s marketing activity.

The supermarket is the latest player in the supermarket sector to announce a shake up within its top ranks, following moves at Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose.

Other changes announced by Sainsbury’s see chief financial officer Darren Shapland move to group development director to handle the chain’s growth plans.

He is also tasked with new business development as well as looking after the chain’s convenience channel, Sainsbury’s Bank, property and group strategy.

Former Sainsbury’s property director John Rogers replaces Shapland and takes a seat on the board as chief financial director.

Helen Buck, currently business director for grocery at the chain, has also been appointed to the board as convenience director and will report directly to Shapland.

The changes will come into effect on 19 July 2010.

Earlier this month, Sainsbury’s reported a 7.6% increase in total sales in the 12 weeks to 12 June, buoyed by the success of its membership of Nectar card and its sponsorship of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

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