When Simon Roberts was named as successor to Mike Coupe as chief executive of Sainsbury’s in January, he was poised to inherit a business that was still nursing its wounds over its botched attempt to merge with Asda almost a year earlier. He spent 13 years with Boots, during which time he worked as chief operating officer alongside Ken Murphy, Tesco’s incoming chief executive, and was later promoted to president of the beauty and healthcare chain. The 49-year-old joined Sainsbury’s as retail and operations director in July 2017, a role that was later expanded to include oversight of Argos, which was snapped up for £1.4bn by the supermarket in 2016 . […] That means he will need people around him that have got that grocery heritage, particularly around the commercial side. […] Trolleys because people don’t wish to return to supermarkets more than they have to, and proximity because people will go for top-ups at shops more locally.
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