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Board, Board Committees and Executive Committee

The Board delegates responsibility for formulating and, after approval, implementing the Group's strategic plan and for management of the day-to-day operation of the Group to the Chief Executive. The Group Executive Committee supports the Chief Executive in carrying out his role and manages the day-to-day operation of the Group's businesses.

The Group Executive Committee comprises the Executive Directors and a number of senior executives.

Terms of reference.

Ken Murphy Group Chief Executive Officer

Ken joined the Board of Tesco PLC as Group Chief Executive on 1 October 2020.

Prior to joining Tesco, Ken worked for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc for over 20 years in a number of senior management roles across the business. Through his role as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President Global Brands at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ken had overall responsibility for brand strategy and the commercial offer in the retail businesses of Walgreens and Boots. He previously worked for Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Ken is a growth-orientated business leader with strong commercial, marketing and brand experience within retail and wholesale businesses. He has experience in global product brand management, product development, sales and marketing, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution.

 

Imran Nawaz Chief Financial Officer

Appointed on 1 May 2021

Imran has broad financial, strategic and international experience gained across a number of large multinational organisations. Prior to joining Tesco, he was CFO of Tate & Lyle PLC and held a number of senior financial roles across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a career of over 16-years at Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. He started his career with Deloitte and Philip Morris in corporate audit.

Imran will bring to the Board a deep experience of the global food industry with a proven track record of financial leadership as well as executive leadership experience within a listed company environment.

Natasha Adams CEO, ROI

Natasha is responsible for Tesco’s businesses in ROI. Natasha joined Tesco in 1998 as a Personnel Manager and then served in a range of store-focused roles. Prior to being appointed to her current role, she was Chief People Officer.

Natasha joined the Executive Committee in June 2018.

Alessandra Bellini Chief Customer Officer

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

Prior to joining Tesco in 2017, 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.

Alessandra joined the Executive Committee in March 2017.

Guus Dekkers Chief Technology Officer

Guus is responsible for all consumer-facing enterprise technologies and related services, spanning stores, online, supply chain and digital across the Group.  

Guus joined Tesco in 2018 having previously worked at a number of major international companies, including Volkswagen, Siemens, Continental and Johnson Controls, gaining extensive multicultural experience of driving large-scale technology transformation and change programmes.

Guus joined the Executive Committee in May 2021.

Christine Heffernan Group Communications Director

Christine is responsible for building Tesco’s reputation, leading Tesco’s communications, community and campaigns agenda.

Christine joined the Executive Committee in March 2019, having joined Tesco Ireland in 2014 as Corporate Affairs. Christine has previously worked in the financial,  energy and telecoms sectors.

Gerry Mallon Chief Executive, Tesco Bank

Gerry is responsible for leading Tesco Bank.

Gerry has held a number of leadership roles in financial services. Prior to joining Tesco, Gerry served as chief executive officer of Ulster Bank Ireland and was  chief executive officer of Danske Bank UK (formerly Northern Bank). Earlier in his career, Gerry held roles at Bank of Ireland, McKinsey & Company and the UK Civil Service. 

Gerry joined the Executive Committee in August 2018.

Adrian Morris Group General Counsel

Adrian is responsible for the legal, company secretarial, group security, resilience, regulatory and compliance functions across Tesco PLC.

Prior to joining 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. He is also a non-executive director of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Adrian joined the Executive Committee in September 2012 and joined the Tesco Bank Board in April 2021.

Ashwin Prasad Chief Product Officer

Ashwin is responsible for 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.

Ashwin joined Tesco in 2010 from Mars Inc. He has worked across a number of product divisions as Category  Director and Commercial Director.

Ashwin joined the Executive Committee in September 2020.

Matt Simister CEO, Central Europe

Matt is responsible for all of Tesco’s businesses in the Czech Republic, Hungary 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 this, he returned to the UK to set up Tesco’s Group Food capability. In April 2017, Matt was appointed to his current role of CEO, Central Europe.

Matt joined the Executive Committee in April 2017.

Jason Tarry CEO, UK & ROI

Jason is responsible for all of Tesco’s businesses in the UK & ROI.

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.

Jason joined the Executive Committee in January 2015.

Emma Taylor Chief People Officer

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

 Emma joined Tesco in 2001 as part of the Tesco graduate scheme, and worked as part of store management teams before following her passion for people and moving into the People team.  Emma has worked in a variety of People roles at Tesco, across large stores, convenience and in Head Office, and became People Director, UK and ROI in 2018, also joining the UK Leadership team. Emma is a Tesco Pension Trustee.

 Emma joined the Executive Committee in March 2022.

Andrew Yaxley CEO, Booker

Andrew is responsible for the Booker business.

Andrew joined Tesco in 2001 from Mars Inc. He has worked across a number of product divisions including four years as Commercial Director for our Czech and Slovak businesses.. He became Managing Director of the London business in 2013, and then  CEO, ROI in 2015. In 2018 Andrew returned to the UK to take up the role of Chief Product Officer and in 2020 was appointed CEO, Booker.

Andrew joined the Executive Committee in July 2018.