Tesco's Board and Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee comprises the Tesco PLC Executive Directors and a number of senior executives. Biographies for each of our Directors are below.

Dave Lewis

Group Chief Executive

 

Dave Lewis joined the Board and Executive Committee as Group Chief Executive on 1 September 2014.

Dave has significant experience in brand marketing, customer management and general management. Prior to joining Tesco, he worked for Unilever for nearly 30 years in a variety of different roles across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has experience across many sectors in the UK and overseas, and has been responsible for a number of business turnarounds. He was previously a non-executive director of Sky PLC.

Dave is also a member of the Governance Committee of the Consumer Goods Forum and Chair of Champions 12.3, a UN programme seeking to add momentum to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Target 12.3 by 2030.

Jason Tarry

CEO, UK & ROI

 

Jason joined the Executive Committee on 1 January 2015.

Jason is responsible for all of Tesco’s businesses in the UK and ROI, excluding Booker.

Jason joined Tesco in October 1990 on the graduate recruitment programme. He has held a number of positions in the UK and internationally across both food and non-food divisions. Jason became CEO for clothing across the Group in 2012, before being appointed as Chief Product Officer in January 2015. In July 2018, Jason was appointed to his current role of CEO, UK & ROI.

Alan Stewart

Chief Financial Officer

 

Alan Stewart joined the Board and Executive Committee as Chief Financial Officer on 23 September 2014.

Alan brings to the Board significant corporate finance and accounting experience from a variety of highly competitive industries, including retail, banking and travel, as well as executive leadership experience within a listed company environment.
Prior to joining Tesco, he was UK CEO and CFO of Thomas Cook Holdings, Group Finance Director of WHSmith plc and CFO for AWAS and Marks & Spencer plc. He was previously a non-executive director of Games Workshop Group plc.

Alan is also a non-executive director of Diageo plc and Tesco Bank, a member of the Advisory Board, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Main Committee and Chairman of the Pension Committee of the 100 Group of Finance Directors.

Charles Wilson

CEO, Booker

 

Charles joined the Executive Committee on 5 March 2018.

Charles is responsible for leading the Booker businesses, including delivering the cost synergies and driving the growth agenda set out in the merger agreement.

Charles joined Tesco in March 2018 following the merger of Tesco PLC and Booker Group PLC. Charles became an Executive Director of Booker Group plc in 1998, which merged with Iceland plc in 2000. In 2001 he became an executive director of Arcadia Group plc and in 2004 he became an executive director of Marks & Spencer plc. In 2005 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Booker Group PLC.  

 

Alessandra Bellini

Chief Customer Officer

 

Alessandra joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2017.

Alessandra is responsible for building the Tesco brand globally and putting the customer at the heart of everything that we do.

Prior to Tesco, Alessandra worked at Unilever for over 21 years, latterly as Vice President for the Food Category in North America and Food General Manager for the USA. Previously, she had a 12-year career in advertising, working both in Italy and the UK. An international executive, Alessandra has held roles in North America, the UK, Italy and Central and Eastern Europe.

Tony Hoggett

Chief Operations Officer

 

Tony joined the Executive Committee on 1 April 2017.

Tony is responsible for developing the operational capability and strategy across the Group as well as leading the operations of the UK business. Tony also has responsibility for Tesco’s joint ventures in both China and India.

Tony joined Tesco in 1990 and has served in a range of leadership roles in the UK and Asia over the last three decades. Between 2007 and 2011 he held the roles of VP South China, as well as President North China, before moving to Turkey as Chief Operating Officer for Tesco Kipa.

In 2011, Tony returned to the UK and held Managing Director roles across all of our large store formats. He also joined the board of Tesco Mobile in 2012. In 2014, he joined the UK Leadership Team as Retail Director and then was appointed Chief Operating Officer UK in 2016 and CEO, Asia in 2017. Tony was appointed to his current role on 1 June 2018.

Alison Horner

CEO, Asia

 

Alison joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2011.

Alison is responsible for Tesco’s businesses in Thailand and Malaysia. Alison also leads our developing business partnerships across the region.

Alison joined Tesco in 1999 and worked in a variety of operational leadership roles running stores and leading change programmes, prior to being appointed Chief People Officer in 2011. She was appointed to her current role on 1 June 2018. Alison is a member of the Manchester Business School Advisory Board.

Jane Lawrie

Group Communications Director

 

Jane joined the Executive Committee on 10 October 2016.

Jane is responsible for rebuilding trust in the Tesco brand and its businesses.

Jane has over 25 years’ experience of corporate, financial, colleague and digital communications. She joined Tesco from Coca-Cola, where she led European public affairs and communications. She has significant experience in advising businesses on trust and corporate reputation through previous roles at Diageo and Boots.

Adrian Morris

Group General Counsel

 

Adrian joined the Executive Committee on 6 September 2012.

Adrian is responsible for the legal, company secretarial, government relations, regulatory and compliance functions across Tesco.

Adrian joined Tesco in September 2012 as Group General Counsel. Prior to Tesco, Adrian worked at BP PLC as Associate General Counsel for Refining and Marketing and prior to that at Centrica PLC, initially as European Group General Counsel and then as General Counsel for British Gas.

Matt Simister

CEO, Central Europe

 

Matt joined the Executive Committee on 1 April 2017.

Matt is responsible for all of Tesco’s businesses in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Matt joined Tesco in 1996 as a marketer. He built on his UK experience with three years as Commercial Director for our Czech and Slovak businesses. Following which, he returned to the UK to set up our Group Food capability, managing our regional fresh food and Tesco Brand sourcing, buying and inbound supply chains for the UK, ROI, Central Europe and Asia. In April 2017, Matt was appointed to his current role of CEO, Central Europe.

Andrew Yaxley

Chief Product Officer

 

Andrew joined the Executive Committee on 16 July 2018.

Andrew is responsible for setting the strategy and policy for the planning, ranging, sourcing and supply of the products we sell across the Group. In addition, he has direct responsibility for managing this for the UK.

Andrew joined Tesco in 2001 from Mars Inc. He has worked across a number of Product Divisions including four years as Commercial Director in the Czech and Slovak Republics. On returning to the UK in 2007 he first led the Packaged Division and then in 2010 the Fresh Division. He became MD of the London business 2013, before moving to Ireland as CEO in April 2015. In July 2018, he was promoted to Chief Product Officer.

Natasha Adams

Chief People Officer

 

Natasha joined the Executive Committee on 1 June 2018.

Natasha is responsible for setting the people strategy and plans at Tesco, including reward, colleague experience and capability.

Natasha joined Tesco in 1998 as a Personnel Manager and has served in a range of store focused roles over the last 20 years, including as Customer Services Director UK, Business Support Director UK and Group Personnel Manager for Scotland. In 2016 Natasha was promoted to People Director for Tesco’s UK and Ireland stores and joined the UK Leadership team before being appointed to her current role of Chief People Officer.

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.