UK Tesco boss steps down after cancer diagnosis

Charles Wilson, the director of Tesco in the UK and Ireland has stepped aside after revealing he has throat cancer. 

In a letter to investors Wilson, the former chief executive of Booker who came on board at Tesco following the merger of the two businesses, said he had been diagnosed in April. 

“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,” he said.

He said the board had been supportive and he would continue to run Booker while Jason Tarry (pictured) would become chief executive of Tesco in the UK and Ireland. “I have had the privilege of working alongside Jason and know he will do a brilliant job,” said Wilson.


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