Sainsbury's has lost a second top member of its e-commerce team,
with news emerging this week that group director of e-commerce Patrick
McHugh has quit.
McHugh is understood to have left in June, but the news of his exit
coincides with that of e-commerce director Angela Megson, who announced
her resignation last week.
His departure came to light after the closure of Taste, Sainsbury's
food-related interactive joint venture with Carlton (Marketing, August
McHugh has joined The Strategic Partnership as an e-business consultant.
He joined Sainsbury's as group director of e-commerce from EDS in March
A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said: "With the sale of Homebase and our
limited e-commerce investment in our US retail chain Shaws, the role of
group e-commerce director was no longer big enough and he decided to
As well as the ill-fated Taste, Sainsbury's e-commerce interests include
its Sainsbury's to You home shopping service.
Megson's successor is Robin Lassiter, a senior manager on the store
format team who becomes department director for Sainsbury's Online. He
reports to marketing director Sara Weller.
Weller, recently promoted to the additional title of assistant managing
director, has expanded a number of senior marketing roles.
Stephen Vowles, currently customer and category marketing director,
becomes customer marketing director, with additional responsibility for
Brand marketing director Andrew Ground takes on responsibility for
product marketing. Claire Nicholson, marketing and planning director,
becomes planning and performance director.