Sainsbury's calls in McDonald's public affairs chief Casofsky
He will oversee all public affairs activities for the group.
Sainsbury's has hired a senior McDonald's lobbyist as the supermarket giant prepares to restructure its communications operation.
Richard Casofsky is set to join as head of public affairs next month after 11 years at McDonald's.
Casofsky joined McDonald’s from Finsbury in 2006 and has led the UK public affairs function since 2010. He previously worked for Alan Hurst, former Labour MP for Braintree.
In the new post, Casofsky will oversee all public affairs activities for the group, including the Sainsbury’s grocery business, Sainsbury’s Bank, Argos, Argos Financial Services and Habitat. He will report to Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s Brand.
Batchelar said in a statement: "We look forward to welcoming Richard at such an important time for the retail sector. His experience of policy-making both at home and in the EU adds further strength to a talented team."
Casofsky said: "As a customer I’ve always admired Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s is an industry leader and now with Argos and Habitat has a great story to tell. I look forward to working with Judith and the wider team, and to contributing to the business’s success."
Sainsbury’s is set to restructure its communications operation following the departure of corporate affairs director Louise Evans who is set to leave later this month.
The head of public affairs role is currently held on an interim basis by Damien Drumm following the recent departure of Michael Salter-Church.