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Tesco makes changes to senior management team

Published:  02 December, 2014

Tesco has shaken up its management team with chief executive Dave Lewis taking a hands-on role leading the day-to-day running of the UK supermarkets.

Tesco's Dave LewisTesco chief executive Dave LewisLewis is personally taking on the job of the day-to-day running of the UK supermarkets, until a new UK MD can be found.

In the wake of the £263 million accounting scandal, suspended head of food sourcing Matt Simister will be returning to his role as of next week. As for the remaining seven suspended executives, Tesco confirmed to the Telegraph that four had formally left the business, including Chris Bush, the former UK managing director of Tesco; Carl Rogberg, the former UK finance director; Kevin Grace, the former commercial director; and John Scouler, the former UK food commercial director. Three executives remain suspended - these are understood to be Dan Jago, global head of beer and wine; William Linnane, impulse category director and Sean McCurley, convenience director.

From January 1, 2015, Jason Tarry, previously head of clothing, becomes the new head of commercial for the UK and the group, after standing in for suspended commercial head John Scouler. Robin Terrell, former online head, who stood in for suspended UK managing director Chris Bush, becomes head of customer.

Jill Easterbrook, chief customer officer, will now lead the business transformation programme, while Benny Higgins will take on responsibility for group strategy, alongside his duties leading its banking and financial services arm.

Rebecca Shelley will lead corporate communications.

Chief creative officer Matt Atkinson, and group business, planning and strategy director David Hobbs are being let go as these "two roles will no longer be needed".

Last week Tesco's BWS team suffered another blow, as widely-respected head of wine development Laura Jewell MW announced her departure to take on the role as UK and Europe director for Wine Australia