09 September 2004
Lawrence Christensen has been appointed director of supply chain at troubled supermarket giant Sainsbury's.
He replaces Martin White at a time when the company admits that weaknesses in its supply chain sometimes leave it struggling to fill supermarket shelves.
He has signed a contract for 16 months, lasting until January 2006, during which time he will also have to recruit his own long-term replacement.
He was previously group operations director at Safeway, having quit just before its acquisition by rival Morrisons.
Christensen will take on overall responsibility for Sainsbury's resale supply chain, which has recently been turned upside down by a number of new distribution centres.
Teething troubles at some of these facilities have forced the company to fall back on one of its older sites.