NEWS1 October 2019

WPP poaches Argos’ John Rogers as new CFO

News People Retail UK

UK – Advertising giant WPP has hired Argos’ CEO John Rogers as its new chief financial officer, succeeding Paul Richardson who is retiring.

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Rogers (pictured) will take over the role next year. He is currently CEO of Sainsbury’s Argos, where he has overseen its digital transformation.

He was chief financial officer of J Sainsbury between 2010 and 2016, responsible for business strategy, new business development, Sainsbury’s Online, operational efficiency and Sainsbury’s Bank, in addition to core finance functions.

Previous roles with Sainsbury include property director, director of group finance and director of corporate finance. He has also worked for Hanover Acceptances, Monitor Company (now Deloitte) and Arthur Andersen.

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “John is not only an accomplished CFO, but also a leader with extensive experience of business transformation. His priority will be to lead a finance function that best fosters investment in creativity, technology and talent in support of WPP’s new strategy for growth.”

Rogers added: “I am really excited to be joining WPP as it embarks on the next stage of its evolution. As a technology-driven business with creativity at its heart, joining WPP was an opportunity impossible to resist and I look forward to playing my part in helping the business deliver its new strategy.”