Many predicted that Mike Coupe would depart Sainsbury’s in the wake of its failed bid to merge with Asda, and today he called time on his six years at the helm, passing the reins over to the supermarket’s retail and operations boss Simon Roberts.
The promotion means that Roberts, who will take up the post at the end of May, is the second Boots alumnus to be named leader of one of Britain’s biggest supermarkets as Ken Murphy prepares to replace Tesco boss Dave Lewis this summer.
Roberts joined Sainsbury’s in May 2017 after 14 years at Boots, where he held a dual role as executive vice-president of Walgreens Boots Alliance and president of Boots’ 2,400-store UK and Ireland business.
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