Profile: the new CEO of Asda, Roger Burnley

- Leadership - Oct 31, 2017

Roger Burnley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Asda and will assume the role from January 1st 2018.

Burnley will replace Sean Clarke, whose departure after only 18 months in the role was announced this week - but what makes Burnley the ideal man to step in to his shoes? 

Roger Burnley has been readied for the CEO position at Asda ever since he rejoined the UK retailer from rival Sainsbury's a year ago.

The 51-year-old has held the role of deputy CEO as well as Chief Operating Officer, working closely alongside Clarke to ease his transition to the top job.

Burnley in no stranger to the company having worked for Asda previously as its Director of Supply, with supply chain management his area of focus throughout his career.

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He began as a retail graduate with DIY specialists B&Q before his first stint at Asda, ahead of moving to Matalan as its Supply Chain Director and then Sainsbury's for the same position.

In ten years at Sainsbury's, Burnley held a range of senior jobs including Retail and Logistics Director and Retail and Operations Director ahead of his return to Asda in 2016.

"Asda is a great business and we’ve started to realise its potential again," said Burnley in a statement. "Since I returned to Asda last year, I have been encouraged by the passion and professionalism of our colleagues and look forward to leading this terrific team."

"Roger was purposefully brought back to Asda to partner with Sean ahead of the transition to Roger taking up the position of CEO," said Walmart International CEO Dave Cheesewright.

"He and Sean have worked as a great team and I’m really confident in Roger’s ability to continue building upon our returning momentum."

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