Leadership, Retail and Business Speaker
Justin King was the CEO of Sainsburys plc for ten years, and is credited with reviving the company in the face of growing competition is in demand as a speaker on leadership, turnaround and retailing.
With its rivals Tescos and Waitrose and later Aldi and Lidl slowly increasing their market share, under Justin’s leadership, Sainsbury’s kept pace with its rivals and remains today one of the UK’s most loved and respected supermarket chains.
Justin had previously worked as the Director of Food at Marks and Spencer, and had held senior positions at Asda, and worked for Pepsi-Cola International and Mars and was involved in the introduction of Haagen-Dazs ice cream to the UK.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to the retail industry.
Stepping down from Sainsbury’s in 2014, he is now vice-chair of private equity firm Terra Firma overseeing a portfolio that stretches from cinema chains to garden centres.
Justin has also been a non-executive director of Staples and was a board member of LOCOG from 2009 – 2013, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2010 – 2012.
Justin has been named Most Admired Business Leader by Management Today as well as Britain’s Most Impressive Businessman in the IPSOS-MORI Captains of Industry Report.
Justin King talks on many subjects including leadership, as well as his own personal and the lessons he learned. Speaking topics include –
• The Future of the Retail Industry
• Grocery Retailing
• Customer Loyalty
• Ethical Leadership
• Business Competitiveness
“We asked him to be motivational and personal, and he did not disappoint.”
— Confederation of British Industry