Justin King joins Marks & Spencer board amid turnaround

Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King is set to join the board of struggling UK department store Marks & Spencer as of January 1, 2019.

King, who was instrumental in the revival of Sainsbury’s during the decade he led the business, will take up the position of non-executive director after having left M&S 15 years ago.

“I am delighted that Justin has agreed to join us,” M&S chief executive Steve Rowe said.

“As we navigate the challenges ahead it will be enormously helpful to have his experience, wisdom and insight on the Board. Many colleagues remember his time at M&S and will warmly welcome him back.”

King is the fourth new hire in the last year, and will join the business’s nomination committee on appointment, with M&S chairman Archie Norman adding that King’s appointment completed a significant reorientation of the board over the last 12 months.

“Having worked there 15 years ago, M&S has a very special place in my affections,” King said on his appointment.

“I look forward to joining the board and supporting Steve [Rowe] in the turnaround that he is leading.”

During his initial time at M&S King pioneered the development of the business’s Simply Food convenience format, and additionally served on the leadership team responsible for the turnaround of grocer Asda.

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