Interview: Dave Lewis – ‘I didn’t save Tesco, 300,000 other people did’

Dave Lewis

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has overseen a transformative turnaround in his five-and-a-half years at the helm. The winner of this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Retail Award tells the story of his time in charge.

Dave Lewis smiles wryly and buries his head in his right hand. Our interview hasn’t even started yet. The mere mention of this Retail Week honour – coupled with the suggestion that he is ‘the man who saved Tesco’ – has prompted him to hide away momentarily and gather his thoughts.

As he sits back upright in his chair, cheeks containing slightly more colour than they did a few moments earlier, Lewis looks genuinely uncomfortable, almost embarrassed, at being named the winner of this year’s AlixPartners Outstanding Contribution to Retail Award.

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