// Sainsbury’s new CEO Simon Roberts adapts senior executive team on first day on the job
// Clo Moriarty takes on new role of retail and digital director
// Chief marketing officer Mark Given promoted to the operating board
Sainsbury’s new chief executive Simon Roberts has wasted no time on his first day on the job by announcing two key changes to the Big 4 grocer’s operating board.
Clo Moriarty, previously chief digital director, will take on the new role of retail and digital director.
Meanwhile, chief markeing officer Mark Given has been promoted to Sainsbury’s operating board.
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The appointments, effective immediately, were announced by Roberts to colleagues as he became the new chief executive this morning, replacing Mike Coupe.
“As our customers’ lives have changed over the last two months, so have we,” Roberts said.
“What I am most proud of is the way that we have constantly listened to our customers and quickly adapted to what they have told us.
“Bringing together our retail and digital teams under Clo’s leadership will create a business that shows up in the same way for customers wherever they shop with us.
“Mark’s appointment to the operating board will ensure that we really understand how customers are feeling, what they’re thinking and how this affects the way they shop.”
Roberts added that he would spend part of his first day with customers in listening groups.
“I am really looking forward to hearing directly from people about what they want from us so we can change and adapt to ensure we are always meeting their needs,” he said.
Moriarty has been at Sainsbury’s for 10 years, most recently leading the business’s digital strategy.
In her new role, she will take on additional responsibility for Sainsbury’s and Argos stores.
Combining the retail and digital teams under Moriarty’s leadership aims to bring Argos and its channels closer together and ensure customers experience an integrated and seamless experience.
Meanwhile, Given has been at Sainsbury’s for more than seven years in senior marketing roles.
As well as responsibility for all brand and customer communications across Sainsbury’s, Argos and Tu clothing, he looks after customer insight, marketing strategy and planning, CRM & Loyalty and all digital marking.
He is also accountable for the Nectar business.