Sainsbury’s names Jo Bertram as non-executive director and board member

Sainsbury’s has announced the appointment of Jo Bertram as a non-executive director and board member of the CR&S Committee following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 7 July 2022.

She joins the Big 4 grocer from Virgin media O2, where she is currently the managing director of business and wholesale.

Additionally, she has held various senior positions at Uber, Mckinsey, Accenture and O2.

“I am delighted to welcome Jo Bertram as a non-executive director. She is a highly talented strategic business leader whose broad experience in technology-led sectors will bring fresh perspective to the board,” Sainsbury’s chairman Martin Scicluna said.

“She has significant experience leading transformation and change and this will be highly relevant to Sainsbury’s as we continue to adapt at pace to put food back at the heart of what we do.”

Jo Bertram added: “The Sainsbury’s brand is one I have always admired, and I look forward to bringing my experience to the business and working together with the board to help drive forward the company’s digital and transformation agenda.”

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The news comes after Dame Susan Rice notified the board that she will step down at Sainsbury’s AGM on 7 July after nine years of service.

Brian Cassin, who has been a member of Sainsbury’s board since April 2016, is set to succeed Rice as the senior independent director, Jo Harlow will become the chair of the Remuneration Committee and Keith Weed will be appointed chair of the CR&S Committee.

“I would like to thank Susan for her commitment and dedication to Sainsbury’s. Throughout her time with us she has been steadfast in doing the right thing for our customers and colleagues,” Scicluna commented.

“As chair of the remuneration committee Susan has played a vital role in ensuring our approach to pay reflects our culture and values at all levels of the organisation. She has been a great support to me and I wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.”

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