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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Management team at Tesco Ireland

Leadership Team

Kari Daniels

Chief Executive 

As CEO, Kari is responsible for leading the Tesco business in the Republic of Ireland, having joined in 2018.

Kari has a career spanning over 30 years in FMCG, manufacturing and retail roles in both Commercial and Marketing functions. In her 19 years at Tesco, she has held several senior commercial and marketing roles in the UK and Europe including Director of Brand in UK Marketing. Prior to Tesco she was a commercial director at Superdrug and spent 6 years in FMCG brand marketing at Wella and SC Johnson, having started her career in clothing at Arcadia.

In addition to leading the business in Ireland, Kari also leads Tesco Ireland’s sustainability strategy, the Little Helps Plan, our ambitions regarding packaging reduction and is a passionate supporter of Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace. 

Kari is a member of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) board, and also sits on the Business in the Community Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, which is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations that is striving to improve the sustainability of the Irish business sector.

Geoff Byrne
Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Geoff is responsible for developing Tesco Ireland’s operational strategy and building capability, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Irish business to include the business’ property portfolio and footprint. Geoff has worked in Tesco for over 30 years and has held a variety of lead roles across retail, people and project-based management functions of the business. In June 2014, he assumed his current position as Chief Operating Officer. Geoff also leads the company’s climate change work including environmental and energy management across our network, as part of our Little Helps Plan sustainability programme. Additionally, Geoff holds the chair of the Tesco Mobile Ireland board.

Sarah Gallagher
Legal Director

As Legal Director, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the legal and compliance functions across Tesco Ireland’s business.

Sarah joined Tesco in 2012 as Legal Director. Prior to joining Tesco, she spent four years at Eircom as Director of Commercial Legal Services. Sarah also champions health and safety under our Little Helps Plan sustainability strategy.

Joe Manning 
Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Joe is responsible for ensuring the integrated commercial success of the business in Ireland. Having worked across a variety of commercial roles in Ireland and the UK for Cadbury/Mondelez International, Joe joined Tesco in 2014 as Ambient Category Director, before assuming the role of Fresh Director in April 2017. Joe was then appointed Commercial Director in 2018. In addition to the commercial strategy, Joe oversees Sourcing and Food Waste elements of our Little Helps Plan, supplier relationships and our support of Irish agribusiness.

Cathal Deavy

Customer Director

As Customer Director, Cathal is responsible for the marketing function in the Republic of Ireland.  He joined Tesco Ireland in February 2020.

Cathal’s career spans over 25 years. He has worked on global FMCG brands with Unilever in Ireland and internationally, grocery retail in Ireland and as an international marketing consultant for food & tech start-ups.  His responsibility includes the Tesco brand in Ireland, F&F and Tesco Mobile; always ensuring that the customer is at the heart of everything that we do.  He is an Executive Board member of Tesco Ireland. Cathal is the sponsor for the Little Helps Plan, executive sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion and sponsor for Great Place to Work program.