Tesco UK boss Charles Wilson has stepped down from his role following treatment for throat cancer.
The man who headed Booker during its £3.7billion merger with Tesco last year was diagnosed during a tonsil removal operation in April. In May and June he underwent daily radiotherapy according to a Tesco statement.
Wilson said he has responded well to treatment, but decided to step back from the CEO position while he recuperates. He will continue to head up Booker however as they merge with Tesco.
Wilson said: “In April I was shocked to learn I had throat cancer. Thanks to some fantastic medical support I am pleased the treatment is going well and I am back to working full time. However, advice suggests I am not fully up to running the Tesco UK & ROI business.
“During this process Dave and the board and Tesco leadership team have been very supportive. I am very pleased to continue running Booker and help deliver the benefits of the merger for consumers, Booker customers, colleagues, suppliers and shareholders.”
Jason Tarry, Tesco’s group chief product officer, will take over from Wilson as CEO of the UK & ROI business. Current CEO of Ireland, Andrew Yaxley has been promoted to Tarry’s former role.
Tesco said Wilson also remains a member of the executive committee meaning he will still contribute to the broader Tesco UK strategy, reporting to Tesco group CEO Dave Lewis.
Wilson added: “I am delighted Jason Tarry will become the CEO of Tesco UK and ROI. I have had the privilege of working alongside Jason and know he will do a brilliant job.”
All changes to responsibilities will be effective from 16 July.