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.
Ken joined the Board of Tesco PLC as Group Chief Executive on 1 October 2020.
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.
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.
Ken is a Non-executive director of Hatch Beauty LLC.
Alan Stewart joined the Board of Tesco PLC 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. Alan is a non-executive director of Tesco Bank. 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, 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.
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.
Natasha is a Tesco Pension Trustee.
Natasha joined the Executive Committee on 1 June 2018.
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 more than 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. As an international executive, Alessandra has held roles in North America, the UK, Italy and Central and Eastern Europe.
Alessandra joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2017.
Christine is responsible for rebuilding trust in the Tesco brand and its businesses.
Christine joined Tesco in 2014. Since October 2018 she has supported the Group Chief Executive in delivery of the corporate reputation plan for the centenary year and prior to that was the Corporate Affairs Director for Tesco Ireland. Prior to Tesco, Christine worked in communications in both the energy and telecoms sectors.
Christine joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2019.
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.
Tony joined the Executive Committee on 1 April 2017.
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.
Alison joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2011.
Gerry is responsible for leading Tesco Bank.
Gerry has held a number of leadership roles in financial services. Most recently Gerry served as chief executive officer of Ulster Bank Ireland where he led significant change in the business, including broad investment in technology to modernise the bank. In this role, Gerry was a member of the RBS personal and business banking executive committee. Before joining Ulster Bank, Gerry served as chief executive officer of Danske Bank UK (formerly Northern Bank) for eight years, successfully leading the organisation in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Earlier in his career, Gerry held roles at Bank of Ireland, McKinsey & Company, and the UK Civil Service. Outside of financial services, Gerry served as pro-chancellor and chair of council at the University of Ulster, president of the Institute of Banking in Ireland, and he is currently chairman of the Irish Football Association.
Gerry joined the Executive Committee on 13 August 2018.
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 Buying Manager in Confectionery, followed by Category Director roles in Household, Bakery, Dairy, Health & Wellness, and then General Merchandise Commercial Director for the UK and for the past two years as the UK Commercial Director for Packaged Products and PFS.
Ashwin joined the Executive Committee on 7 September 2020.
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. Adrian is a Tesco Pension Trustee.
Adrian joined the Executive Committee on 6 September 2012.
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 this, 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.
Matt joined the Executive Committee on 1 April 2017.
Jason is responsible for all of Tesco’s businesses in the UK and 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 on 1 January 2015.
As a member of the Executive Committee Charles contributes to the broad Tesco strategy agenda. He is specifically responsible for delivering UK & ROI cost synergies and driving the growth agenda set out in the Booker merger agreement. As a member of Jason’s UK & ROI leadership team he is responsible for leading the Booker business.
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. Charles started his career in 1986 with Procter & Gamble following which he was a consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants and a director of Abberton Associates.
Charles joined the Executive Committee on 5 March 2018.
Andrew contributes to the broad Tesco strategy agenda. He is specifically responsible for delivering the strategy across the Booker Group and responsible for delivering cost synergies and driving the growth agenda set out in the Booker merger agreement.
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. On returning to the UK in 2007 he first led the Packaged Division and then in 2010 the Fresh Division. He became Managing Director of the London business in 2013, before moving to Tesco Ireland as CEO in April 2015. In July 2018 Andrew returned to the UK to take up the role of Group Chief Product Officer and in September 2020 he was appointed to CEO, Booker-Designate.
Andrew joined the Executive Committee on 16 July 2018.