Tesco has made a raft of appointments in its newly-created UK board, under UK chief executive Richard Brasher.
From March, when international boss Phil Clarke becomes group chief executive taking over from Sir Terry Leahy and Brasher takes his new role, several internal candidates will take up new roles on the UK board.
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Bob Robbins becomes UK chief operating officer, as revealed by Retail Week. He will run retail operations and logistics.
Per Bank, currently chief executive of Tesco’s operations in Hungary, becomes its new UK commercial director for food.
Laura Wade-Gery, head of Tesco’s online retailing operations, takes control of the UK non-food operations in the role of commercial director for clothing, electronics and general merchandise. It has not yet been decided who will take over Tesco.com.
Kevin Grace is appointed property director, from property services director. His background includes store management, store director and support office director, before moving to Korea as chief operating officer.
Mike Iddon becomes finance director. He has been UK finance director for the last two years and before that was in Korea.
Judith Nelson is personnel director, having been with Tesco since 1993 in various personnel roles.
Tony Keohane, chief executive of Tesco Ireland, will also join the UK board. Carolyn Bradley remains UK marketing director.
David North will join the team as corporate affairs director, having been with the business for eight years.
Brasher will also have some responsibilities extending overseas, and Tesco is also expected to name a new group commercial head.
In an internal note to staff, Brasher said: “I am very pleased we have created such a strong and diverse team. There is a wealth of general management and functional capability as well as strong international experience.”