Tesco's Board and Executive Committee

Board

John Allan

Non-executive chairman

 

John Allan joined the Board of Tesco PLC as Chairman on 1 March 2015.

John's early career was with Lever Bros and Bristol-Myers in a variety of marketing roles. He then spent 8 years at Fine Fare, a subsidiary of ABF where he was the Retail Director for Marketing, Buying and Retail Operations. John was a Divisional CEO at BET for 9 years. He became CEO of Ocean Group plc in 1994 and then of Exel when Ocean Group merged with NFC in 2000 to become Exel plc. Exel was acquired by Deutsche Post in 2005 and John joined the board of Deutsche Post to manage the integration, and subsequently the new Logistics Division. In 2007 he was invited to become CFO of Deutsche Post - a post he held until his retirement and return to the UK in 2009. John became Chairman of Dixons Retail in Sept 2009. Dixons merged with Carphone Warehouse in August 2014 to form Dixons Carphone and John was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director until he joined Tesco in March 2015.

John is also Chairman of Barratt Developments plc and London First. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Worldpay Group plc, where he was formerly Chairman.

Committee membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

Dave Lewis

Group Chief Executive

 

Dave Lewis became Group Chief Executive of Tesco on Monday 1 September 2014.

He joined Unilever in 1987 after completing a BA (Hons) in Business Studies at Trent Business School, Nottingham.

Over nearly 28 years Dave worked in a variety of roles with Unilever, which took him across greater Europe, Asia and the Americas. His last three roles were Chairman for Unilever in the UK and Ireland, President for the Americas and Global President, Personal Care.

During his career, Dave has been responsible for a number of business turnarounds, such as Home and Personal Care Central and Eastern Europe, and Unilever UK/Ireland.

Alan Stewart

Chief Financial Officer

 

Alan Stewart joined the Board of Tesco PLC on Tuesday 23rd September 2014.

Alan has extensive financial experience in retail having been CFO at Marks & Spencer and WH Smith. He started his career in investment banking with HSBC. He became CFO at Thomas Cook Holdings in 1998 and was appointed UK CEO in 2001. From there he moved to WH Smith as Group CFO. In 2008 he was appointed CFO at AWAS, a leading aircraft leasing business, before moving to M&S in 2010.  He is also a Non-executive Director of Diageo plc.

Richard Cousins

Senior Independent Director

 

Richard Cousins was appointed a Non-executive Director on 1 November 2014 and became Senior Independent Director on 7 April 2015

Richard has been the Group CEO of the Compass Group PLC since 2006 and is also a member of the advisory board of Lancaster University Business School.  Prior to joining Compass, he worked for 15 years for BPB PLC and was Group Chief Executive from 2000 to 2005.  Richard was a Non-executive Director of Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC from 2009 to 2014 and of HBOS PLC and Bank of Scotland from 2007 to 2009. 

Committee membership

  • Nominations Committee
  • Audit Committee

Mark Armour

Non-executive Director

 

Mark Armour was appointed a Non-executive Director on 2 September 2013 and joined the Audit Committee on 2 October 2013.

Mark was Chief Financial Officer of Reed Elsevier Group plc from 1996 until 2012 and of its two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier in 1995, Mark was a partner of Price Waterhouse in London. He is a Non-executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council and a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SABMiller plc. Mark is also a fellow  of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee

Byron Grote

Non-executive Director

 

Byron was appointed to the Tesco Board on 1 May 2015 and became Audit Committee Chairman on 26 June 2015.

He is also currently a Non-executive Director on the Boards of Anglo American, Akzo Nobel NV and Standard Chartered and was previously a Non-executive Director of Unilever. Byron served as an Executive Director at BP from 2000 until 2013. He was the Chief Financial Officer at BP from 2002 until 2011, following two years as Chief Executive of BP Chemicals.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee

Mikael Olsson

Non-executive Director

 

Mikael Olsson was appointed a Non-executive Director on 1 November 2014.

Mikael was CEO and President of the IKEA Group from 2009 until 2013.  During his 34 years at IKEA he held a wide range of roles across the IKEA business and was a member of the Executive Management Group of the IKEA Group from 1995 until 2013.  He is a Non-executive Director of Volvo Car Corporation, Ikano S.A. and Lindengruppen. 

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee
  • Corporate Responsibility Committee 

Deanna Oppenheimer

Non-executive Director

 

Deanna Oppenheimer was appointed a Non-executive Director on 1 March 2012 and was appointed to the Board of Tesco Bank as a Non-executive Director effective from 17 July 2012. She was appointed as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee on 1 January 2015.

Deanna held various senior roles at Barclays, including Vice Chair of Global Retail Banking and also as Chief Executive of Europe Retail and Business Banking. She has also served as a Non-executive Director of Catellus and Plum Creek Timber. Deanna is currently CEO of CameoWorks LLC and a Non-executive Director at NCR Corporation and at The AXA Group. In April 2016 she also became a Non-executive director Worldpay Plc.

Committee membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Nominations Committee

Simon Patterson

Non-executive Director

 

Simon Patterson was appointed as a Non-executive Director and joined the Audit Committee on 1 April 2016.

Simon is a Managing Director of Silver Lake Partners, a leading global technology investment firm, having joined the firm in 2005. He is currently a board member of Dell and Intelsat, and previously served on the boards of Skype, MultiPlan and Gerson Lehrman Group.

Prior to joining Silver Lake, he was a member of the founding management team of the logistics software company GF-X (acquired by Descartes) and worked in various management roles at the Financial Times. He is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum in London. Simon holds an M.A. from King’s College, Cambridge University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received the Alexander Robichek Award for Finance.

Committee Membership

  • Audit Committee

Alison Platt

Non-executive Director

 

Alison Platt was appointed as a Non-executive Director and joined the Remuneration Committee on 1 April 2016.

Alison is currently the Chief Executive of Countrywide plc, the UK's largest property services group and has a wealth of relevant experience of the property sector and customer service delivery. Additionally, she has significant business to business and international commercial experience. Alison was previously Managing Director at Bupa, responsible for International Development Markets and has held a number of senior posts across Bupa including Chief Operating Officer of its UK private hospitals business and Deputy Managing Director in its UK insurance business. Before joining Bupa, Alison held a number of key positions in British Airways.

From 2009 to 2013 she was Chair of ‘Opportunity Now’, which seeks to accelerate change for women in the workplace. She was a non-executive director of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office between 2005 and 2010 and a non-executive director of Cable & Wireless Communications plc between 2012 and 2016.  In the 2011 New Year Honours she was appointed a CMG for her services to the Board of the FCO.

Committee Membership

  • Remuneration Committee

Lindsey Pownall

Non-executive Director

 

Lindsey was appointed as a Non-executive Director and joined the Corporate Responsibility Committee on 1 April 2016.

Lindsey was, until 31 December 2015, Chief Executive of Samworth Brothers, the leading UK supplier of premium quality chilled and ambient foods. Lindsey has significant experience in food, grocery and retail brand development, as well as a wealth of experience in supply leadership and strategic development.

Committee Membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee

Robert Welch

Group Company Secretary

 

Robert Welch was appointed as Group Company Secretary on 10 August 2016.

Robert has worked as a company secretary for over 25 years during which time he has held the positions of Group Company Secretary at FirstGroup plc and Company Secretary at Kazakhmys PLC. Robert has also held positions at BPB plc and Kwik Save Group PLC.