Sainsbury's chief appointed IGD president

Justin King, chief executive, Sainsbury's, has become president of IGD. Charles Wilson, chief executive, Booker Group has become vice-president.

King said of his appointment: "The Policy Issues Council meets regularly to engage on several projects each year. These projects deliver important improvements across the industry, in areas where IGD members can work together.

"There are many opportunities for us to drive change in health and nutrition, sustainability and other areas where we can make a difference for consumers in the challenging economic environment."

Wilson said he would be delighted to be working with IGD over the coming years to help improve the grocery market. "The credit crisis will remain challenging, however I am confident there are some great opportunities for the grocery industry to develop further," he added.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: "I am really pleased to have Justin King as president of IGD. Sainsbury's is a long-standing member and Justin is a valued supporter. His energy and enthusiasm for tackling industry issues will continue to be a real asset to PIC.

"Charles Wilson has worked with us for a number of years on many industry programmes. He has been a long-term supporter of key initiatives like sustainable distribution and will be an excellent vice-president. We will welcome his vision and strategic perspective on PIC."

Justin King has been vice-president of IGD for the last two years and succeeds Alastair Sykes, chairman and chief executive of Nestlé UK and Ireland. He and Charles Wilson will serve two-year terms.

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