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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Management team at Tesco Ireland

Leadership Team

Andrew Yaxley
Chief Executive

Andrew Yaxley is the CEO of Tesco Ireland. Andrew has worked at Tesco since 2001 holding positions including; Managing Director of Tesco's London business, UK Commercial Director Fresh Foods and Commercial Director Czech Republic & Slovak Republic.

Geoff Byrne
Chief Operating Officer

Geoff is from Avoca in Wicklow and has worked in Tesco for 25 years having started in the business in 1989. Prior to becoming a Marketing Project Manager in 2000, he was a Store Manager. He progressed to become the Store Operations Manager from 2002-2005 before moving to be Head of Employee Relations. In 2007 Geoff took on the role of Store Director for the Express and Extra format stores. Geoff became Business Change Director in 2010, and in 2012 he also took on the role of Personnel Director. In June 2014, he assumed his current position as Chief Operating Officer.

Christine Heffernan
Corporate Affairs Director

Christine joined Tesco in February 2014 as Corporate Affairs Director from Bord Gais where she worked as Head of Public Relations since 2011. Prior to this, she held senior corporate affairs positions in Vodafone and Prudential plc. She has also worked for HM Treasury and the European Parliament. Christine lives in Clontarf and has an Executive MBA from Smurfit Business School, UCD & BA in History & Political Science from Trinity College.

Geraldine Casey
People & IT Director

Born in Cahersiveen in Kerry, Geraldine joined Tesco in July 2001 as a senior team Fresh Trade Manager. She opened Tralee Square as Lead Manager in January 2003 and Mitchelstown as Store Manager in November 2003. Geraldine was appointed as Store Manager to Killarney Park in May 2004. She was later appointed as Area Manager in March 2008 and then became Store Director in June 2009. In May 2013 she was appointed as Operations Director. Most recently, she was appointed Personnel Director in June 2014.

Sarah Gallagher
Legal Director

Born in Waterford, Sarah is the Legal Director for Tesco Ireland. She has been in role for over two years having joined the business in 2012. Prior to joining Tesco, she spent 4 years at Eircom as Director of Commercial Legal Services. Sarah has a LLB from Trinity College Dublin and a LLM from the London School of Ecomomics.

Sheila Gallagher
Commercial Director

Sheila Gallagher joined Tesco Ireland in October 2015 as Commercial Director. Sheila joined Tesco nearly 17 years ago, starting out as a buyer in Impulse. Since then she has successfully held many leadership roles in fresh, grocery and non-food buying categories as well as being a Director for Corporate Purchasing & Global Business Units. Sheila’s most recent role was as Category Director for Convenience Formats (Express & One Stop) in the UK.

Ruairi Twomey
Marketing Director

Ruairi Twomey is the Marketing Director at Tesco Ireland. A native of Cork, Ruairi brings considerable  global digital, brand and retail experience to Tesco having previously lead Marketing organizations in Canada, Nigeria, New York and most recently in Colorado, USA.

Scott Fitzgerald
Finance Director

Scott took up the position of Finance Director at Tesco Ireland in July 2017. He has worked for Tesco since 2012 including his most recent role as Customer Finance Director in Tesco UK. Scott brings a wealth of experience to the finance and leadership teams from his various roles across the business.