Kent brewer Shepherd Neame has confirmed the appointment of Mark Rider, former head of finance, food at Sainsbury’s, as its new finance and IT director. Rider replaces Ken Littlefair on the group’s board. Littlefair, who joined Shepherd Neame in 2000, is retiring. Rider joined Sainsbury's in 2001 and held a number of senior finance roles, including head of financial planning and corporate finance and group financial controller. He was appointed the supermarket chain’s head of finance, food, in 2008.