LONDON, April 30 British grocer J Sainsbury
has shaken-up its senior management team as chief
executive designate Mike Coupe prepares to take over from Justin
Sainsbury's said in January that Coupe, the current
commercial director, would succeed King as chief executive when
King steps down in July after a decade at the helm.
The firm is battling with Wal-Mart's Asda to be
Britain's No. 2 grocer behind market-leader Tesco.
It said on Wednesday that from May 11 Roger Burnley,
currently managing director of general merchandise, clothing and
logistics, would become retail and operations director leading a
newly combined team overseeing supermarkets, convenience stores
Helen Buck, currently retail director, will oversee business
development to focus on areas beyond the core operations.
Amongst other changes Paul Mills-Hicks, currently business
unit director for grocery, will be promoted to the operating
board as food commercial director. James Brown, business unit
director for clothing, will become director of non food trading,
and Dean Clegg, director of store development will become
(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton)