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Tesco brings in Dixon Carphone’s John Allan as chairman


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

February 17, 2015 | 2 min read

Tesco has named John Allan as chairman, following the resignation of Richard Broadbent earlier this year.

A former marketer, Allan has most recently been co-deputy chairman of Dixons Carphone, following the merger of Dixons – where he was chairman – with mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse last year.

Allan spent most of his early career at Lever Bros and pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers in a variety of marketing roles. He spent eight years at Fine Fare, a subsidiary of ABF, where he was the retail director for marketing, buying and retail operations.

He then went on on to become chief executive of distribution company Exel before its acquisition by Deutsche Post in 2005. Allen joined the board of Deutsche, eventually becoming chief financial officer - a post he held until his retirement in 2009.

Outgoing chairman Broadbent said his “wide expertise, his experience and his personal qualities” will contribute greatly to the future of Tesco.

The supermarket has suffered falling sales, a plummeting share price and a £250m accounting black hole over the past 12 months. He joins chief exectutive Dave Lewis - who has earnt himself the nickname 'Drastic Dave for the changes already impletemted - in trying to turn its fortunes around.

A marketing push is on the cards, having recently moved its £110m advertising account from Weiden+Kennedy to BBH.


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