Vice Chairman, Terrafirma

Justin King CBE is Terrafirma’s Vice Chairman, having joined the business in September 2015. He acts as an adviser to the General Partner and has over thirty years of experience working in and leading large businesses. His significant operational insight and experience in business transformation are invaluable in advising the General Partner on potential new transactions.

King chairs two Terrafirma portfolio companies (Santander/Brighterkind and Wyevale) and sits on the boards of Everpower, Annington and RTR.  Outside of Terrafirma, King also sits on the PIB of PWC and is a Non-Executive Director of Marks and Spencer.

Elsewhere, King was the CEO of Sainsbury’s between 2004 and 2014, where he led the business through a major turnaround which led to nine years of profit growth. Before joining Sainsbury’s, he was Head of Food at Marks & Spencer and has held prior senior executive roles at Asda, Haagen-Dazs, PepsiCo and Mars in a thirty year career spanning consumer goods and grocery retailing.

He has previously served as a director of Staples and a board member of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and was on the audit committee of both organisations. He was also a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011.

King is similarly well known for his interest in motorsport and enjoys combining his passion for cars and spending time with his family. He served as Interim Chairman of the Manor racing Formula One team, overseeing its recovery from administration in 2014, and his son, Jordan, is an international racing driver.

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