Roger Burnley to replace Sean Clerk as Asda’s new CEO

Asda’s American owners have confirmed that chief executive Sean Clarke will hand over the baton to Roger Burnley on New Year’s Eve.

Burnley, who last year left Sainsbury’s to return to the Asda fold as operations chief having left in 2002, will take the role of Asda’s President and CEO from 1 January 2018.

Current CEO Clarke, who was shifted into the CEO role by Walmart in July 2016, is being given “some time out” but will remain “engaged” with Walmart.

Walmart head honcho Dave Cheesewright said: “Roger was purposefully brought back to Asda to partner with Sean ahead of the transition to Roger taking up the position of CEO. He and Sean have worked as a great team and I’m really confident in Roger’s ability to continue building upon our returning momentum.”

Burnley added that Asda was starting to realise its potential again.

“Sean’s focus on serving customers and simplifying the business has established a firm foundation on which we can build. Since I returned to Asda last year, I have been encouraged

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