Tesco Ireland appoints new CEO

Phil J. Clarke retires after 40 years with Tesco

Tesco today announces the appointment of Andrew Yaxley as Tesco Ireland’s new chief executive in succession to Phil J. Clarke,  who is retiring after over 40 years with the company including the last two years as Chief Executive of Tesco Ireland.

Dave Lewis, Group CEO, said: “After an exemplary career with Tesco, Phil J. Clarke will retire from Tesco and his role as CEO in Ireland in April. Phil joined Tesco as a 15 year old in 1974, became a store manager at 20, and rose to take on several of our most important international roles including CEO of our businesses in Slovakia and Czech Republic, Japan and more recently in Ireland. Over the last two years, despite challenging market circumstances, Phil has worked tirelessly to make Tesco Ireland a stronger business and I thank him for all his work. Phil will be succeeded by Andrew Yaxley, who has shown outstanding leadership and delivered an improved business performance in London over the last two years as Managing Director.”

Phil J. Clarke said: “I could not have asked for a better way to end what has been a long and rewarding career in Tesco than having the opportunity to spend two years as CEO in Ireland.  Having guided the company through a challenging time, the business is fundamentally stronger with clearer value offers, an improved fresh food offering and a really compelling community agenda. I believe that now is the right time to hand over responsibility and that Andrew is absolutely the right person to lead Tesco Ireland forward. I wish him the very best in his new role.”



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Andrew Yaxley joined Tesco in 2001 and is currently the Managing Director of Tesco’s London business. Prior to that, he held a number of positions in the Commercial function as a member of the UK leadership team leading the Fresh and Packaged Food Divisions, and the Commercial business in Slovakia and Czech Republic before that. Andrew joined Tesco in 2001 having previously worked for Mars.  Andrew is 47 and from Derbyshire. He is married to Sinead, from Bray in Co Dublin, and has two boys Conor and Tom.