Michael Coupe

Mike Coupe
Chair, New Look and former CEO, J Sainsbury plc

Mike held the position of CEO for Sainsbury plc from 2014-2020 and is considered to be a leading business authority. Before retiring he is credited for turning the company around through top-level trading, marketing, and online operations. Mike championed Sainsbury's journey ahead of the competition through a complete digital transformation. From till-free stores to the digitisation of Nectar through a website and an app, he revolutionised the retail giant's day to day practices. Mike led the business from making 5% of online sales to an impressive 20% and growing. 
 
During this session Mike will share his experiences of the CEO role directing one of the UK's most established organisations, including the challenges that were faced during the pandemic and how he overcame leadership and workforce issues during this time. He will also discuss Sainsbury’s ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, thereby setting the standard for other supermarkets.
 
Mike was also director of Covid-19 testing at England’s Test and Trace agency from September through to December 2020 and has been appointed as a non executive director on the board of NHS England from January 2021.

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