Profile: Is Ken Murphy the right man for Tesco?

Murphy, Ken

Former Walgreens Boots Alliance executive Ken Murphy takes the reins at Tesco today following Dave Lewis’ departure. Retail Week looks back to our profile of the Irishman, first published shortly after Murphy was named as the grocer’s new boss last October. 

Tesco boss Dave Lewis’ revelation that he would be stepping down from the supermarket giant after five years at the helm stunned the sector.

Adding to that sense of shock was the announcement that Ken Murphy, most recently chief commercial officer and president of global brands at Walgreens Boots Alliance, would take the reins as his replacement. And he has big shoes to fill. 

The Tesco that Lewis is set to hand over to Murphy next year is a very different business to the one he was parachuted into five years ago.

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