Sainsbury’s has confirmed rumours that David Tyler is to be appointed non-executive chairman, joining the company’s board on 1 October.

He will formally take over the role from Philip Hampton on 1 November after a one-month handover period.

“I am delighted to take on the role of chairman of Sainsbury’s”, said Tyler. “The company plays a major part in the lives of millions of people each week and the group’s performance has demonstrated that the brand is flexible and attractive to a wide range of customers.

“The company is in very good shape under [chief executive] Justin King’s leadership and I look forward to working with everyone at Sainsbury’s to help it become even more successful.”

Tyler is currently non-executive chairman of Logica and holds non-executive roles at Experian, Burberry and Reckitt Benckiser.

“David has a broad range of experience that makes him ideal for the chairman role and I look forward to working with him,” said King. “On behalf of the company I’d also like to thank Philip Hampton for his contribution to Sainsbury’s over the past five years and for the significant part he has played in the company’s recovery.”