// Oak Furnitureland hires former Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe as new chair
// Coupe led Sainsbury’s for six years as chief executive
Sainsbury’s former chief executive Mike Coupe has joined furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland as chairman.
Coupe led Sainsbury’s for six years as chief executive including architecting its takeover of Home Retail Group.
His attempt to take over Walmart owned rival Asda in 2019 was blocked by the CMA.
He has worked at a number of retail businesses including Iceland, Asda and Tesco, spanning a career of over 35 years.
Coupe stepped down from Sainsbury’s on May 31 and was succeeded by retail and operations director Simon Roberts.
“Mike has invaluable experience working at the very top level of the retail sector and he will play a key role as we implement our growth plans over the next few years. It’s great to have him on board,” Oak Furnitureland chief executive Alex Fisher said.
Coupe said: “I’m very excited to be joining Oak Furnitureland at a pivotal time for the business and I look forward to working with Alex and the management team to realise the business’ ambitions in 2021 and beyond.”
Oak Furnitureland started as an online business in 2006 and operates 75 stores across the UK, employing 1100 people across the UK and Ireland.