Sainsbury’s strengthens team with new appointments

Sainsbury’s has promoted Graham Biggart to the newly created role of chief transformation officer, who will join the board in March 2022.

Biggart, who is currently the business unit director of fresh food and food service, will be responsible for “all key transformation programmes” across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu in addition to supply chain and logistics.

He joined Sainsbury’s in 2015 as head of range and space and worked as director of commercial operations before heading up fresh food and food service.

The promotion follows the return of Richard Crampton who rejoins the Big 4 grocer from McColl’s in March this year.

Crampton spent around eight years with Sainsbury’s from 2008, where he joined as a category manager and managing director of its online entertainment division.

Sainsbury’s also announced changes to the food commercial team, with Rachel Clark, director of customer and change has been promoted to business unit director of grocery.

Clark worked for the retailer for seven years and now succeeds Sam Burston, who will become director of CRM and loyalty for the Nectar business.

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These changes come after supply chain and logistics director Sandy Parsonage’s decision to leave Sainsbury’s after 15 years.

“Graham Biggart is a talented retail leader with a proven track record and he thoroughly deserves this promotion,” Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts said.

“The new role of chief transformation officer is a perfect fit for his skills and he will be a great asset to our business on the operating board.”

Roberts added: “I am delighted to welcome Richard Crampton back to Sainsbury’s, he understands our business and we will benefit enormously from his broad industry experience.

“We are all delighted to see Rachel Clark progress and to have her in the key business unit director, grocery role.

“I’d like to thank Sam Burston for his leadership of the grocery division during the past two years and I am confident he will do a brilliant job leading our Nectar business, a key brand that delivers.

“These changes will set us up brilliantly to deliver the next phase of our transformation programme. We have a clear financial and customer plan which, supported by our great people, will ensure we continue to deliver for our customers, colleagues and shareholders.”

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