Abbey National’s marketing director, Sara Weller, has quit and is
set to take a senior marketing role at beleaguered retailer
The supermarket chain has discussed recruiting a senior marketer to run
its supermarket operation, working with its new supermarket managing
director, David Bremner.
It is thought that Kevin McCarten, Sainsbury’s existing marketing
director, would move to a group marketing role, or another board
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman was unable to confirm or deny whether Weller
was joining the company. Weller said she could not comment.
McCarten has held the top marketing role at Sainsbury’s since joining
from Kingfisher four years ago.
Meanwhile, Weller’s departure has promoted a restructuring of senior
marketing roles at Abbey National.
Gary Hockey-Morley, Abbey’s retail change director, has been named as
Weller’s replacement. He will take control of the marketing department
Hockey-Morley will report directly to Andrew Pople, Abbey National’s
Pople said: ’Gary’s retail experience will enable him to focus on our
brand-led strategy and build on the progress we have achieved.’
Hockey-Morley has been with Abbey since joining from Unilever in
He has worked in Abbey’s banking, credit marketing and
Ambrose McGinn, the former Abbey marketing director and current
e-commerce director, will take on Hockey-Morley’s retail duties.
Weller was with Abbey for only three years but is considered to have
left the bank’s brand in good health. She was responsible for the bank’s
pounds 10m relaunch in 1997, which adopted its current ’Because life is