Tesco's Irish operation has appointed its first female chief executive, with Kari Daniels – the current commercial director for packaged foods at the retailer's UK operation – taking on the role.
Daniels, who joined Tesco in 2002, has held a number of senior commercial and marketing roles in the UK and Europe, including brand director in Tesco UK’s customer team, and she is one of the retailer's 'most experienced commercial directors', Tesco wrote in a statement.
As CEO of Tesco Ireland, Daniels will report to Jason Tarry, the Tesco UK & Ireland CEO, and will also join the UK leadership team.
Working With The Team
"I am very excited to be joining Tesco Ireland as chief executive," Daniels commented. "I’m looking forward to working with our team of over 13,000 people, to give our customers the very best experience when they shop in Tesco.
"Customers have responded positively to Tesco’s sustained investment in price, quality and service, and I look forward to building on this momentum as we continue to focus on serving Ireland’s shoppers a little better every day," she added.
Daniels replaces Andrew Yaxley, who stepped down from the role last week to take up the position of Tesco’s group chief product officer. This follows a management shift brought on by the medical leave of Charles Wilson, Tesco UK & Ireland chief executive.
Commenting on the appointment, Jason Tarry said, "Kari has shown outstanding leadership and delivered improved performance in the product categories under her remit and is the very best person to lead Tesco Ireland forward. I wish her the very best in her new role."
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