UK supermarket retailer Tesco has announced the appointment of Laurie McIlwee as group finance director.

McIlwee has been at Tesco since December 2000, most recently as distribution director.  

It follows Andrew Higginson's previously announced move to become chief executive of retailing services at Tesco.

Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy said: "Laurie has a strong track record here and overseas and is highly respected. He has a great grasp not only of finance, but of operations and strategy."