Ex-Sainsbury’s and new Asda Chief Operating Officer appointed
- Roger Burnley joins Huddersfield Town Board of Directors
- Asda COO becomes Non-Executive Director
- Dewsbury-born Roger a lifelong Town fan
Huddersfield Town has today welcomed Roger Burnley as Non-Executive Director onto the Club's Board.
He is the Club's first non-exec to join Town under the ownership of Dean Hoyle, in another new change for the Club.
In October it was confirmed Roger would leave Sainsbury’s as its Retail and Operations Director to take the role of Chief Operating Officer at Asda next year. He is currently on leave from Sainsbury’s before becoming deputy to Asda Chief Executive Andy Clarke.
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle explained:
“I am delighted Roger has joined us; we couldn’t have got anybody with a better pedigree and credentials - and he’s a Town fan too.
“Adding Roger to the Club further strengthens the Board. I am looking forward to working with him. I’m sure he can add a lot and make us better.”
Roger, who hails from Dewsbury and describes himself as a born and bred Yorkshireman, attended Heckmondwike Grammar School and now lives in Upper Hopton, near Huddersfield. He is a Town supporter and lifelong Season Card holder.
He joined the B&Q graduate trainee programme after graduating from Bournemouth University. He then worked his way up to assistant manager, deputy manager and then switched into logistics as a logistics help desk manager.
He joined Asda in 1996, becoming director of supply and taking on the job of integrating logistics when Asda was purchased by the US retail giant Wal-Mart.
In 2002 he was headhunted by Matalan where he was appointed supply chain director.
He returned to the supermarket arena in 2006, joining Sainsbury’s and holding a number of positions on the Operating Board over the last decade, most recently Retail & Operations Director with responsibility for all 1,300 stores and 23 distribution centres.
Roger is now set to return to the Walmart-owned supermarket chain Asda later next year.