Sainsbury’s appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

J Sainsbury plc today announces that Keith Weed and Tanuj Kapilashrami will join the Board as Non-Executive Directors on 1 July 2020.

Weed will be a member of the Audit, the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and the Nomination Committees and Kapilashrami will join the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Weed has a strong business background, having spent 36 years at Unilever, most recently as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer which included leading the company’s groundbreaking sustainability programme globally.

Weed led different parts of Unilever’s businesses including working as a key supplier to Sainsbury’s when he ran Unilever’s Home and Personal Care business in the UK in the early 2000s. He has an excellent understanding of digital and the ways that technology is transforming businesses. Keith is also a Non-Executive Director of WPP PLC.

Kapilashrami is a highly experienced HR professional with significant experience in talent and change management. She is currently Group Head of HR at Standard Chartered Bank. Kapilashrami joined Standard Chartered in 2017 from HSBC, where she spent 17 years in key global and regional operational HR roles.

J Sainsbury plc announced on 30 October 2019 that Matt Brittin, Non-Executive Director and Jean Tomlin, Non-Executive Director planned to step down. They will step down from the Board at the AGM on 2 July.

Martin Scicluna, Chairman of Sainsbury's, said, 'I am delighted to welcome Keith andTanuj as Non-Executive Directors. I am confident that they will both make a valuable contribution to Sainsbury's.

'Keith is an exceptionally capable marketing and digital leader who has championed new ways of integrating sustainability into business and building brands with purpose. He will play an important role as we focus on helping our customers to live well for less.

'Tanuj is a thoughtful and energetic HR leader who has significant international insights. She will be an excellent addition to the Board as we continue to adapt our business and support our colleagues in a rapidly changing marketplace.

“I would also like to thank Matt and Jean for their excellent contributions to the business. Matt has been on the Board for nine years and Jean for more than seven. I am very grateful to them both and wish them all the best for the future.”

Weed said, “I am very pleased to be joining the Sainsbury’s Board at such an important time of change for Sainsbury’s and the industry. I have worked closely with Sainsbury’s and other retailers both in the UK and internationally. I look forward to contributing to Sainsbury’s future, leveraging my experience and understanding of building businesses in a rapidly changing world – from customer focus and sustainability, to digital and data.”

Kapilashrami said, “I am delighted to join the Board of Sainsbury’s, an iconic British company with a strong focus on customers and deeply embedded values. Customers and colleagues are at the heart of Sainsbury’s and I am looking forward to helping to continue the growth and transformation of this exciting business.”