David Tyler (businessman)

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David Tyler
David Alan Tyler

(1953-01-23) 23 January 1953 (age 66)
EducationRendcomb College
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
OccupationBusiness executive
Years active1974–present
SalaryGBP £491,000[1]
TitleChairman of Sainsbury's
PredecessorPhilip Hampton

David Alan Tyler (born 23 January 1953) is a British business executive. As of 2016, he is the chairman of Sainsbury's, the chairman of Hammerson,[2] and the chairman of Domestic and General. He is a former chairman of Logica and a former finance director of GUS.

Personal background[edit]

Tyler was educated at Rendcomb College from 1965 to 1970. He then read economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge from 1971 to 1974, earning a bachelor's degree in 1974 and a master's degree in 1977. He has two children, and lives in central London with his wife, Margaret Fingerhut, the concert pianist.[citation needed]

Professional background[edit]

In 1974, Tyler joined Unilever as a management trainee. He worked there at Birds Eye, Wall's Ice Cream, BOCM Silcock and at Unilever's London headquarters on corporate strategy and on its agribusiness activities. He also qualified with CIMA as a management accountant, later becoming a FCMA and also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.[1]

He then worked for National Westminster Bank as group financial controller and finance director of NatWest Investment Bank between 1986 and 1989, before being recruited as group finance director by Christie's, spending seven years there, which included two in New York City as president of Christie's American business.[1] This was followed by ten years at GUS from 1997 to 2006 as group finance director. After the demerger of GUS, he entered into a plural career, becoming chairman of 3i Quoted Private Equity Plc (2007–09), chairman of Logica (2007–12), chairman of J. Sainsbury plc (2009 to date),[3] chairman of Hammerson plc (2013 to date) and chairman of Domestic and General (2015 to date). He has been a non-executive director of Burberry (2002 to 2015), Experian (2006 to 2012) and Reckitt Benckiser (2007–09).[1]

Since 2012, Tyler has been chairman of Hampstead Theatre.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Executive Profile: David Alan Tyler". Bloomberg. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Retirement of John Nelson as Chairman – to be succeeded by David Tyler". Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  3. ^ "J Sainsbury PLC, SBRY:LSE company performance - FT.com". Markets.ft.com. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  4. ^ "New era for Hampstead Theatre as Sainsbury's chairman David Tyler joins the board - News - Hampstead and Highgate Express". Hamhigh.co.uk. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-12-09.