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Sainsbury’s announces director appointment

Adrian Hennah will succeed David Keens as chair of the audit committee, who is not seeking re-election after six years in the role

J Sainsbury plc has announced the appointment of Adrian Hennah to its board as a non-executive director.

Hennah is set to join the group’s audit committee and nomination committee on 1 April 2021, and will then act as chair of the audit committee following an AGM.

David Keens, the current chair, is not seeking re-election to the board at the July 2021 AGM after six years in the role.

Martin Scicluna, chairman at Sainsbury’s, said that he is confident Hennah will bring “fresh thinking” to the board as it delivers its upcoming plans.

He added: “I am delighted to welcome Adrian as a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee. As a highly accomplished CFO of three FTSE100 companies spanning 18 years, he has significant and varied expertise.

“I would like to thank David Keens for his six years of service. He has been a thoughtful and influential voice on the board and we are grateful for his significant contribution.”

Previously non-executive director and chair of the audit company at Relx, Hennah stepped down after nine years in the position.

He has also acted as CFO at RB, Smith and Nephew, and Invensys, while working in both the finance and operations departments at GSK for 18 years.

Hennah said: “I am familiar with the business through previous roles and have always been impressed by the company’s values and commitment to do the right thing for its customers. 

“It is an exciting time to be involved in food retail and I am looking forward to getting started.”

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