Sainsbury’s has appointed former Boots director Simon Roberts as its new retail and operations director.
Roberts, the former president of Boots and most recently the executive vice president of its parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance, will join Sainsbury’s in July 2017 and will also be a member of Sainsbury’s operating board.
Roberts is also the former managing director of Boots UK, where he was responsible for leading retail and pharmacy activities in over 2500 stores across the UK and Ireland.
He joined Boots as Regional Director in 2003 from Marks and Spencer, where for 14 years he held roles in the department store’s stores and operations.
“I am thrilled to be joining Sainsbury’s, a brand I have admired and respected for many years, and particularly at such an exciting time for the business following its acquisition of Home Retail Group,”
Roberts said.“I am really looking forward to joining [chief executive] Mike [Coupe] and the team and working with the 165,000 colleagues across Sainsbury’s stores and operations to help customers live well for less.”