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Dan Jago was "never suspended" from the business says Tesco

Published:  05 March, 2015

Tesco has confirmed to that Dan Jago, who is returning to the business on March 9, was never actually suspended from the company, but asked to "step aside".

The retailer was keen to make the distinction as it has been widely reported across both the trade and national media that Jago's absence from Tesco since last October was due to being "suspended".

In response to a request from to determine whether Jago's return to work signified the end of any investigation in to "commercial recognition" within the beers, wines and spirits division, Tesco said it was "unable to comment on the findings of the internal investigation, because there is still an ongoing FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) investigation".

But it was keen to "clarify" that Jago "was never suspended from Tesco, he was asked to step aside as part of the investigation and will be assuming a new global wine role".

It added: "As we said on January 8, the business is going through a transformation and until the process is complete, we are not in a position to provide further information."

Jago is to take on his new role when he returns to the business full time on March 9. Gavin Warburton has been promoted to the role of UK category director for beers, wines and spirits, a position he has been overseeing since Jago's absence from the business.

Tesco also stressed: "Dan has worked for Tesco for nine years, specialising in the wine as well as the broader drinks category. He has led the wine team to great success and achieved industry recognition for the Tesco wine in-store offering and online proposition."