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Sainsbury’s creates chief transformation officer role

In his new role, Biggart will be responsible for transformation programmes across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu, in addition to supply chain and logistics.

Sainsbury’s has promoted Graham Biggart to the newly created role of chief transformation officer, and he will join the operating board in March 2022.

The move comes as Sainsbury’s plans to “accelerate” its customer transformation, in addition to its plan to save money and invest in innovation, quality and price, and to put food back “at the heart” of Sainsbury’s. 

In his new role, Biggart will be responsible for all “key” transformation programmes across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu, in addition to supply chain and logistics.

Biggart is currently the business unit director of Fresh Food and Food Service at Sainsbury’s. He joined the company in 2015 as head of Range and Space and worked as director of Commercial Operations, including running the Sainsbury’s Local and Argos Republic of Ireland businesses. 

Meanwhile, Richard Crampton will return to Sainsbury’s in March to replace Biggart as business unit director of Fresh Food and Food Service, reporting to Rhian Bartlett, Food Commercial director. Previously, Crampton worked at Sainsbury’s for almost eight years until 2015 as a food category manager and CEO of Sainsbury’s Mobile.

Simon Roberts, CEO, said: “Graham Biggart is a talented retail leader with a proven track record and he thoroughly deserves this promotion. The new role of chief transformation officer is a perfect fit for his skills and he will be a great asset to our business on the operating board.

“I am delighted to welcome Richard Crampton back to Sainsbury’s – he understands our business and we will benefit enormously from his broad industry experience.”

He added: “These changes will set us up brilliantly to deliver the next phase of our transformation programme. We have a clear financial and customer plan which, supported by our great people, will ensure we continue to deliver for our customers, colleagues and shareholders.”

Biggart said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Sainsbury’s operating board at this time. We have real momentum across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat, Tu and the Bank, and have a brilliant opportunity to transform our strategy and operations to ensure we are fit for the future and continue to deliver for our customers.”

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