Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is to lose its long-standing head of
public affairs Roger Saoul.
Saoul refused to comment on his exit, but is understood to be leaving
Sainsbury's within weeks without a job to go to. He has been there
six-and-a-half years and was at Marks & Spencer for 23 years before
The supermarket giant has hired Tim Fallon as Saoul's successor. He
joins from Bell Pottinger Public Affairs where he has been a director
for three years.
Prior to that, Fallon was head of government affairs at the British
Airports Authority, a role he held for two-and-a-half years. He worked
as a consultant at Lowe Bell Political and before that was seconded to
Tony Blair's team during the 1997 general election.
In his latest role, Fallon reports to group corporate affairs director
Jan Shawe, who followed chief executive Sir Peter Davis into Sainsbury's
from the Prudential last year. Davis was behind the hiring of Lexington
Communications and dumping Fishburn Hedges last year (PRWeek, 24
Fallon's role includes a CSR brief. Shawe said: 'We do a lot of
community work across the group and don't get the recognition we deserve
for it. Tim's role will work on that as well.'