Judith Batchelar to leave Sainsbury’s after 17 years | New
Judith Batchelar is leaving Sainsbury after 17 years, The Grocer has learned.
Batchelar, who joined Sainsbury’s in 2004 as Brand Director, is currently Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) and Public Affairs.
She transitioned to the role of CR&S late last year in an upheaval that saw Paul Mills-Hicks resign as chief commercial officer.
Batchelar is leaving the supermarket chain to “pursue a range of other interests” but will remain with the company until November in an advisory role.
The CR&S team will now be led by Ruth Cranston, head of the CR&S group, who will report directly to Marketing Director Mark Given, according to an internal briefing.
The Public Affairs team will report to Rebecca Reilly, who has been promoted to Director of Corporate Affairs from her current position as Group Head of Communications.
Reilly, who has worked at Sainsbury’s for seven years, will continue to report directly to CEO Simon Roberts.
Batchelar received an OBE in 2015 for its services to agriculture and the food industry. She also sits on the Government’s Food and Beverage Sector Council, is a non-executive director of the Environment Agency and the Rugby Players Association, and a trustee of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability project, as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
She has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 38 years and prior to joining Sainsbury’s she was a manager at Safeway and also spent 12 years in the food division of Marks & Spencer.
CMO Mark Given said Batchelar has been central to all of Sainsbury’s work on sustainability and the environment for many years.
“His knowledge of the food supply chain, from farm to fork, is unparalleled in the industry,” he added.
“She embodied the ‘passion for food’ in our business, was our voice with government during the pandemic and Brexit, and was instrumental in accepting our first set of net zero year commitments. last.