Retail big hitter Roger Burnley to boost Pets at Home board

Roger Burnley

Roger Burnley, the former chief executive of Asda and a former Sainsbury’s director, is to join the board of Pets at Home.

The experienced executive will valuable support for Pets at Home chief executive Lyssa McGowan who joined from Sky TV in 2022.

In October 2022 half year profits were down 9.3% to £59.2m on higher turnover, a trend impacted by increased freight and energy costs and increased investment in digital assets.

Burnley spent ten years as an executive director of Sainsbury’s before joining Asda as its chief operating officer in 2016, rising to become its chief executive in 2017.  He left Asda in August 2021 after four years in the role and was awarded a CBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to the food supply chain.  In 2022, he took on the position of non-executive chairman of Finnbrogue Artisan, an Irish food manufacturer.

Ian Burke, chairman of Pets at Home, said: “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Roger Burnley to Pets at Home.  Roger has deep knowledge of the retail sector and food supply chains and his experience will be of great value to Pets at Home as it embarks on the next stage of its ambitious strategic plan.  The directors and I look forward to working with Roger next year.”

On his appointment to the board, Burnley will be appointed as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee and the ESG Committee.

In other changes announced this morning Sharon Flood and Stanislas Laurent, non-executive directors, are to step down from the board after six years each.

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