Fallon secures PA head job as Saoul exits Sainsbury's

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

that.



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

November 2000).



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.'



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