Our Executive Committee comprises the Tesco PLC Executive Directors and a number of senior executives. Biographies for each of our Directors are below.
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.
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.
Chief Customer Officer
Alessandra joined Tesco on 1 March 2017.
Prior to joining Tesco, Alessandra worked at Unilever for over 20 years, latterly as the Vice President for the Food Category in North America and Food General Manager for the USA. She has a track record in growing global and local brands as well as a passion for developing her people. An international executive, Italian-born Alessandra has held executive-level roles in markets including Italy and Central and Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining Unilever, Alessandra had a 12 year career in advertising, and worked both in Italy and in the UK.
UK & ROI CEO
Matt joined Tesco on 11 May 2015 as UK & ROI CEO on the Executive Committee.
Prior to Tesco, Matt was CEO at Halfords Group PLC and before that CEO at Pets at Home. He brings a huge amount of experience, both in retail and business transformation. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive corporate finance experience.
CEO Tesco Bank and Group Strategy Director
Before joining Tesco Bank, Benny served as Chief Executive Officer of Retail Business at HBOS PLC.
Between 1997 and 2005 Benny was Chief Executive of Retail Banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Prior to joining RBS, Benny was at Standard Life for 14 years. He has been Chief Executive of Tesco Bank since 2008.
As well as his role leading the Bank, CEO Dave Lewis made Benny Higgins Group Strategy Director in January 2015.
Tony Hoggett joined Tesco as a sixteen year old student in 1990.
He managed a number of stores before being promoted to Stores Director. Following international roles in China and Turkey, Tony returned to the UK in 2011 and joined the UK Leadership Team as Retail Director, before becoming UK Chief Operating Officer. Tony was appointed CEO Asia in April 2017, joining the Executive Committee.
Chief People Officer
Alison joined Tesco in 1999 as a Personnel Manager and was later promoted to Personnel Director for Tesco's UK operations.
After eight years in stores and general merchandise roles she joined the Executive Committee in 2011 as Group Personnel Director, with responsibility for the development of our 500,000 colleagues.
Group Communications Director
Jane Lawrie joined Tesco in October 2016 as Group Communications Director
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, including previous roles at Diageo and Boots the Chemist.
Group General Counsel
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. From 2002 to 2009, Adrian was with Centrica PLC, initially as European General Counsel and then as General Counsel for British Gas.
Central Europe CEO
Matt joined Tesco in 1996 as a marketer, and subsequently worked extensively across different categories in our Product team.
After three years as Commercial Director for our Czech and Slovak businesses, Matt 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. For the last two years, Matt has integrated these capabilities into the UK business. Matt was appointed CEO Central Europe in April 2017, joining the Executive Committee.
Chief Product Officer
Jason joined Tesco in October 1990 on the graduate recruitment programme. He has held a number of positions in both food and non-food divisions, including impulse and bakery category director, non food sourcing director and clothing category director.
Jason was appointed CEO of Group Clothing in 2012, which included UK & ROI store and online operations as well as overseeing F&F's Asia business and franchise partnerships. In December 2014, it was announced that Jason would join the Executive Committee with effect from January 2015.
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.