As the CEO of Sainsbury plc, Mike Coupe is considered to be an authority on business. Prior to retiring in 2020 to focus on his speaking career, he is credited for turning the company around, through top-level trading, marketing and online operations. As a business speaker, he instills in his corporate audiences the essential skills he used to lead a market, essential for staying ahead of the curve. Mike has enjoyed a truly incredible life, making him one of the most influential after dinner speakers for business clients. Knowledgeable and committed to his industry, an even featuring Mike benefits from his knowledge of profitable business leadership.
In 2004, Mike joined Sainsbury's. Immediately making a positive impression on the company, he rose through the ranks, and was appointed responsible for online operations, marketing and trading in 2010. In 2014, Mike was named CEO of Sainsbury's, following in the footsteps of Justin King. Using his expert knowledge, he quickly established a strategic review to stay ahead of the evolving retail market. The project was a success, and led him to take over Argos and Habitat, under the Home Retail Group, in 2016.
Noticing another phase in the retail industry, Mike pushed Sainsbury's ahead of the competition through a complete digital transformation. From till-free stores to the digitisation of Nectar through a website and an app, he revolutionised the retail giant's day to day practices. Additional influential roles include as the Board Director and Managing Director of Iceland Food Stores and Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc. As a speaker, Mike employs business strategies influenced by his numerous roles, greatly benefiting corporate audiences and their journey to industry leaders.
In 2020, Mike announced Sainsbury's new, more sustainable operations. The company has invested £1 billion into achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, setting the standard for other supermarkets. Mike himself described the decision, stating that "we must recognise that living well now also means living sustainably", reflecting his commitment to the environment. From consumer behaviour to marketing, business sustainability to online operations, Mike's topics span all areas of business.