John Allan joined the Board of Tesco PLC as Chairman on 1 March 2015.
John's early career was with Lever Bros and Bristol-Myers in a variety of marketing roles. He then spent 8 years at Fine Fare, a subsidiary of ABF where he was the Retail Director for Marketing, Buying and Retail Operations. John was a Divisional CEO at BET for 9 years. He became CEO of Ocean Group plc in 1994 and then of Exel when Ocean Group merged with NFC in 2000 to become Exel plc. Exel was acquired by Deutsche Post in 2005 and John joined the board of Deutsche Post to manage the integration, and subsequently the new Logistics Division. In 2007 he was invited to become CFO of Deutsche Post - a post he held until his retirement and return to the UK in 2009. John became Chairman of Dixons Retail in Sept 2009. Dixons merged with Carphone Warehouse in August 2014 to form Dixons Carphone and John was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director until he joined Tesco in March 2015.
John is also Chairman of Barratt Developments plc and London First. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Worldpay Group plc, where he was formerly Chairman. John has been appointed to the role of Vice-President of the Confederation of British Industry (the CBI) with effect from 1 October 2017.