Tesco Ireland CEO Kari Daniels announced as next President of Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund

Tesco Ireland CEO Kari Daniels has been announced as the next President of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund.  

Kari succeeds John Moane, Managing Director of the BWG Wholesale Division, who is the outgoing president of the rotating annual role.  

The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF) is a national registered charity assisting people in the retail, wholesale and supplier trade sectors.  The objective of the fund is to provide financial relief for persons in need who have been involved in these trade sectors.


Speaking at the IGBF’s Christmas lunch, Kari Daniels said: “It is a great honour and privilege to now serve as President of Appeals of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund.  The Fund has been an integral part of the Irish Retail landscape for over 30 years, providing enormous assistance to relieve hardship amongst unemployed and retired members of the retail sector and their spouses who have fallen on difficult times because of ill health or bereavement.  I am delighted to have this opportunity to make a contribution to an institution which has served those in need so well down through the years and will continue to do so in the future.”


Leonard Hegarty Vice Chairman from the IGBF said: “We are extremely pleased to have someone with Kari’s commercial and retail experience become our new President of Appeals.  A key element of the role is to impress upon people the wide-reaching benefits associated with donations to the Fund.  The proceeds are distributed to those in need across communities on an all-Ireland basis.  This greatly helps the many people across the country that are dependent on men and women that have worked in the retail sector but who have fallen on hard times.  I have great confidence that Kari will now play a key role in the year ahead supporting our mission.”

The IGBF currently assists nearly 250 families monthly and contributes over €560,000 annually to its worthwhile causes. The Fund is supported by leading companies in the retail, wholesale, food and drink and services industries.  It focuses on building awareness of the key role the Fund plays, and encourages retailers to get involved to help find solutions to the hardship facing many former and current industry colleagues.

Appointed CEO of Tesco Ireland earlier this year, Daniels joined Tesco in 2002 and is one of Tesco’s most experienced commercial directors.  Previously the Commercial Director for Packaged Foods in the UK, she has held a number of senior commercial and marketing roles in the UK and Europe including Director of Brand in Tesco UK’s Customer team.