Sainsbury’s has confirmed that David Tyler has been appointed as non-executive chairman.

Tyler will join on October 1 and take over from Sir Philip Hampton.

Tyler is non-executive chairman of Logica and non-executive director of Experian, Burberry, and Reckitt Benckiser. He was previously group finance director of GUS, and he also previously worked at Unilever.

“I am delighted to take on the role of chairman of Sainsbury’s”, said David Tyler. “The company plays a major part in the lives of millions of people each week and the group’s performance has demonstrated that the brand is flexible and attractive to a wide range of customers. The company is in very good shape under Justin King’s leadership and I look forward to working with everyone at Sainsbury’s to help it become even more successful.”

Justin King, Sainsbury’s chief executive, said “David has a broad range of experience that makes him ideal for the chairman role and I look forward to working with him. On behalf of the company I’d also like to thank Philip Hampton for his contribution to Sainsbury’s over the past five years and for the significant part he has played in the company’s recovery.”

Hampton is stepping down to concentrate on his chairmanship of RBS.