Tesco announces new CEO Asia and CEO Central Europe

20 Mar 2017

Tesco has today announced changes to its Executive Committee and International Leadership team.

After 38 years of distinguished service to Tesco, Trevor Masters, CEO Tesco International, will leave the business at the end of May.

Trevor began his Tesco career as a teenage management trainee. Over the last four decades, he has served as Operations Director for the UK, a member of the Executive Committee and CEO of our International business. His contribution to Tesco has included growing our Extra format; building our JV businesses in India and China; and rationalising our international business over the last two years.

Following the completion of the sale of our Turkish business, we will be giving greater focus to the two parts of our international business. This includes creating two new roles leading Asia and Central Europe on our Executive Committee.

We are pleased to announce that from 1 April, Tony Hoggett will become Tesco’s CEO Asia and Matt Simister will become Tesco’s CEO Central Europe. 

Tony Hoggett joined Tesco as a sixteen year old student in 1990. He managed a number of stores across northern England before being promoted to Stores Director. In 2007 Tony moved to China, where he led our business in the South. In 2010, Tony joined the Turkish Board as Chief Operating Officer. He returned to the UK in 2011 and joined the UK Leadership Team as Retail Director in 2014 before becoming UK Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Over the last three years, Tony has led the transformation of our service model and customer experience in the UK. 

Matt joined Tesco in 1996 initially 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, and led his team to an exceptional trading performance across Fresh Food and Commodities, as part of our UK ambition to become First for Fresh.

Dave Lewis, Tesco Group Chief Executive, said:

“I’d like to thank Trevor for everything he has done for our business over the last four decades. He has worked tirelessly to strengthen and simplify our international business, and we couldn’t have made the progress we have without him.

“Tony and Matt’s work has been at the heart of Tesco’s turnaround over the last two years and I’m delighted that they will join our Executive Committee. Their new roles will allow us to focus on the different opportunities presented in Asia and Central Europe and I’m looking forward to working even more closely with them both”.

 

Notes:

  • Over the last two years, Tesco’s Executive Team has been simplified from 16 roles down to 11
  • Other roles in Tesco’s International Leadership team will remain in place, reporting to Tony Hoggett (Asia) and Matt Simister (Central Europe)

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