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Tesco Loses Chief Strategy Officer To Amazon

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Amazon has appointed Tony Hoggett - Tesco's chief strategy officer - to the role of senior vice president of physical stores.

In an internal memo to Amazon staff, Dave Clark (CEO Worldwide Consumer at Amazon) said: 

"I’m excited to share that Tony Hoggett will join Amazon in January 2022 as Senior Vice President of Physical Stores, reporting to me. Tony was most recently Group Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Tesco where he led strategic planning globally and development of new businesses, customer and tech innovations. 

"Tony joined Tesco in 1990 and has served in a range of global leadership roles, including being appointed to the Executive Committee as CEO Asia and later overall Tesco Group COO. In this role he had P&L responsibility for $50B in revenues across all channels, global operations, fulfillment and supply chain, including 5,000 stores and 350K employees across all formats: hypermarkets, superstores, convenience, and ecommerce.

"Over the next few months we’ll put together a plan for Tony’s transition to Amazon. I want to thank Stephenie Landry, Dilip Kumar, John Mackey, and their teams, for the incredible work being done for customers. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Tony, he’s going to be a great Amazonian, and here’s more about him in his own words."

Tony Hoggett said:

“I’m so excited to be joining Amazon. I started at Tesco as a 16-year old student in a store in Yorkshire, I spent my early career as a trolley boy, as well as filling shelves and serving on checkouts, and over the last 30 years I’ve had great fun working with teams across Europe and Asia.

“It was a big decision to move on from Tesco but after meeting members of the Amazon leadership team and hearing the ambitions for the business and physical stores, I know it’s a journey and an opportunity that I want to be part of.

“When not serving customers, we love to travel and spend as much time outdoors as possible walking, cycling and playing all sorts of sports. Especially soccer of which we are proud supporters of Manchester United.”

Amazon opened its first UK store in March 2021: Amazon Fresh, in in Ealing, London. It was also the retailer's first non-US bricks and mortar store. 

Source : Insight DIY and Amazon

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15 July 2021

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