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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

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.

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 Chief People Officer

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 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 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 Heffernan Group Communications Director

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

Christine joined Tesco in 2014 as Corporate Affairs Director in Ireland and spent six months working for the Group CEO before taking over as Group Communications Director in March 2019. Prior to Tesco, Christine worked in communications in both the energy and telecoms sectors.

Christine joined the Executive Committee on 1 March 2019.

Tony Hoggett Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Tony is responsible for leading group strategic planning, balancing the short, medium and long term requirements across all our businesses to ensure we maximise our skills, resources and opportunities to drive competitive advantage and serve our customers. As well as leading the development of new business, customer and technology innovations across the group.

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 2010 he held a number of general manager roles across our international businesses before returning to the UK in 2011 to take up roles across UK channels before taking up the role of UK COO in 2014.

In early 2017 Tony was appointed to the Executive Committee to take up the role of CEO Asia and then moved to the role of Group COO in late 2018. Tony was appointed to his current role on 9 April 2021.

Gerry Mallon Chief Executive, Tesco Bank

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.

Adrian Morris Group General Counsel

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 joined the Executive Committee on 6 September 2012.

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 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.

Matt Simister CEO, Central Europe

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 Tarry CEO, UK & ROI

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.

Andrew Yaxley CEO, Booker

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.