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Shapland is top Finance Director

Sainsbury's Darren Shapland named Britain’s top finance director.

Sainsbury's Darren Shapland named Britain’s top finance director.


Darren Shapland, finance director of supermarket group Sainsbury’s (LON:SBRY), has been named as Britain’s top finance director at the 2009 FDs’ Excellence Awards.

Shapland was named both “FTSE 100 FD of the Year” and “FDs’ FD of the Year” at a ceremony in London last night (Wednesday 13th May), supported by the UK’s leading business organisation, the CBI.
“Darren has been central to the refocusing of Sainsbury’s”, said the FDs’ Academy, who chose him from an impressive shortlist of FTSE 100 finance directors that included Sushovan Hussain of Autonomy; René Médori of Anglo American; David Keens of Next; and Richard Pennycook of Morrisons.
Congratulating Mr Shapland, Martin Broughton, CBI President, added: “The role of finance director is one of the most crucial to the success of any business at the best of times, whatever its size or sector.
“During a time of recession, we rely on the skills, dynamism and commitment of our finance directors more than ever. That is why the CBI is delighted to celebrate their achievements at the FDs’ Excellence Awards.”
Stephen Timms, financial secretary to the Treasury, delivered the keynote address, at the ceremony at the Marriott Grosvenor Square.


The individual winners in the FDs of the Year categories are:

FDs’ FD of the Year: Darren Shapland, J Sainsbury
FTSE 100 FD of the Year: Darren Shapland, J Sainsbury
FTSE 250 FD of the Year: Eric Hutchinson, Spirent Communications
FD of the Year Outside the FTSE 350: Hugh Edmonds, Scotty Group
Young FD of the Year: Melissa Foux, Gu Puds


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